Re: [Curdle] RFC 8308 on Extension Negotiation in the Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol

Peter Gutmann <pgut001@cs.auckland.ac.nz> Thu, 22 March 2018 10:13 UTC

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From: Peter Gutmann <pgut001@cs.auckland.ac.nz>
To: denis bider <denisbider.ietf@gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [Curdle] RFC 8308 on Extension Negotiation in the Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol
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denis bider <denisbider.ietf@gmail.com> writes:

>Where I'm less comfortable is the hinges that are not yet widely deployed. As
>long as a hinge is not in common use, it is in danger of rusting. These hinges
>include:
>
>- EXT_INFO sent by client (only server sends it for "server-sig-algs").
>- Extensions with binary extension-value (for example "delay-compression").

I was going to try sending in extensions with undefined values, and binary
data embdded in them, to see what happens.  If it's the same as previous, in
some instances inadvertent, cases of sending unexpected data values then I
expect all sorts of fireworks.

>EXT_INFO with the "server-sig-algs" extension is widely deployed. It's well
>tested with rsa-sha2-256 and rsa-sha2-512 signatures, and I have no concerns
>about it. As far as I know, there are no compatibility issues to be
>experienced by an implementation that follows the just-published spec.

OK, that's good to know.

Peter.