Re: [Detnet] Éric Vyncke's No Objection on draft-ietf-detnet-security-13: (with COMMENT)

Ethan Grossman <> Sat, 09 January 2021 00:13 UTC

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Hello Éric,
Thank you for your review. In summary I agree with all of your points and will incorporate them into the next draft revision. I put my responses to your individual comments below inline (marked EAG). If you have any further comments or questions, please don't hesitate to reply.  
Ethan (as Editor, DetNet Security draft)

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Subject: Éric Vyncke's No Objection on draft-ietf-detnet-security-13: (with COMMENT)

Éric Vyncke has entered the following ballot position for
draft-ietf-detnet-security-13: No Objection

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Thank you for the work put into this document.

Please find below some non-blocking COMMENT points (but replies would be appreciated), and some nits.

Let's also try to address the COMMENT for section 4.

I hope that this helps to improve the document,
EAG: Yes, thank you!




-- Section 1 --
In "best practices for security at both the data plane and controller plane", is there a reason why the management/telemetry plane(s) is not included? Of course, most of the time this plane is isolated from the others but anyway...
Also, is is "controller plane" or "control plane" ? or is the 'controller plane' the plane connecting PCC to PCE ? (with an assumption that the ID is also relying on PCC/PCE ?).

EAG: The DetNet Controller Plane is explicitly defined in the DetNet Architecture [ref RFC8655] (to which the reader is referred in the Introduction section) as "the aggregation of the Control and Management Planes". 

Section 8.3 (OAM) is welcome but why not already including OAM in the above sentence ?

EAG: OK, I will add it. 

-- Section 5.2.3 & 6.3.1 --
May I assume that any layer-1 'jamming' (e.g., microwave link) is also covered by this section ? If so, then I suggest to state it.

EAG: OK, as I understand it, "jamming" implies interfering with the reception of the radio signal, as opposed to introducing packets into the network via the radio link. So, I can add on the example of jamming a microwave link to the sentence starting with " If a DetNet flow is interrupted...".  Given that definition, I don't see anything to add to 5.2.3 - if you have a suggestion, please let me know. 

-- Section 3.3 --
"(Note that PREOF is not defined for a DetNet IP data plane)." will this note be applicable forever ? Should the word 'currently' be used in this statement?
I also do not see the point of using parenthesis. I prefer the wording used in section 7.1 "At the time of this writing, PREOF is not defined for the IP data plane."

EAG: Agree. 

-- Section 3.4 --
Probably due to my ignorance about DetNet, but, I fail to understand why "having the network shut down a link if a packet arrives outside of its prescribed time window" and the rest of the section. Again, probably due to my lack of context but you may want to explain the reasoning behind.

EAG: Agree - the intent is to "do the appropriate thing", as opposed to giving a simplistic example action like that. I will revise. 

-- Section 4 --
There is no 'TOS' field in the IPv6 header, it is replaced by 'Traffic Class'.
So, please mention both of the fields.

EAG: Understood, will do. 

-- Section 6 --
On figure 2, there are mentions of blockchain and network slicing without any previous explanations (and I have hard time to see how blockchain traffic should be detnet).

EAG: OK, and Alissa agrees with you on that, so out they go. 

-- Section 8.3 --
This section seems to consider only OAM traffic added to the DetNet traffic while there are a couple of in-band OAM techniques currently being specified at the IETF.

EAG: Our stance on OAM is that it is indistinguishable from any other DetNet traffic, and thus there isn't anything unique to DetNet about security practices for OAM. So, we mention it only to that extent. 

-- Section 9 --
If the IPsec sessions are established by a controller, then this controller could also send the Security Parameter Index (SPI) that is transmitted in the clear and use this SPI to in addition to the pair of IP addresses.

EAG: Good point - I will mention that. 

== NITS ==
EAG: OK, accept all nits. 

-- Section 1 --
s/A DetNet is one that/A DetNet is a network that/

-- Section 8.2 --
s/Figure 5maps/Figure 5 maps/

-- Authors --
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