Re: [Cfrg] Postquantum cryptography in IETF protocols

"David McGrew (mcgrew)" <mcgrew@cisco.com> Mon, 14 November 2016 04:32 UTC

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From: "David McGrew (mcgrew)" <mcgrew@cisco.com>
To: John Mattsson <john.mattsson@ericsson.com>, "cfrg@ietf.org" <cfrg@ietf.org>
Thread-Topic: [Cfrg] Postquantum cryptography in IETF protocols
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Hi John,




On 11/13/16, 11:13 PM, "Cfrg on behalf of John Mattsson" <cfrg-bounces@irtf.org on behalf of john.mattsson@ericsson.com> wrote:

>Hi,
>
>Good that CFRG starts some more detailed discussion on PQC. It makes sense
>to support post-quantum key exchange for use cases that need long-term
>confidentiality (15 years). For other use cases I think it can wait until
>PQC key exchange algorithms has been thoroughly evaluated and
>standardized. If implemented now, it should be used in addition to ECDHE,
>just like Google has done with their experimental New Hope implementation.

Thanks for the encouraging words, I think many people agree with you on the redundant ECDH/Lattice thing.   

There was a discussion at IETF 95 CFRG - slides at https://www.ietf.org/proceedings/95/slides/slides-95-cfrg-4.pdf

Postquantum secure signatures are need for software/firmware/data signing; that’s an important use case where hash based signatures seem useful.

Best

David 


>
>
>I have noticed a lot of uncertainty in various SDOs on how quantum
>computers will affect algorithms and protocols, what needs to be done, and
>when things need to be done. I recently wrote the following FAQ for 3GPP.
>
>http://www.3gpp.org/ftp/TSG_SA/WG3_Security/TSGS3_85_Santa_Cruz/Docs/S3-161
>847.zip
>
>I suggest that CFRG produces something similar (but more detailed) and
>publish it at an informational document. I think a document giving PQC
>guidance to IETF WGs and users of IETF standards would be very useful.
>
>Cheers,
>John
>
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