[Doh] [Editorial Errata Reported] RFC8484 (6708)

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Subject: [Doh] [Editorial Errata Reported] RFC8484 (6708)
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The following errata report has been submitted for RFC8484,
"DNS Queries over HTTPS (DoH)".

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Type: Editorial
Reported by: Martin Thomson <mt@lowentropy.net>

Section: 10

Original Text
The use of Online Certificate
   Status Protocol (OCSP) [RFC6960] servers or Authority Information
   Access (AIA) for Certificate Revocation List (CRL) fetching (see
   Section of [RFC5280]) are examples of how this deadlock can

Corrected Text
The use of Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) [RFC6960] servers, Certificate Revocation List (CRL) distribution points (see Section of [RFC5280]), or Authority Information Access (AIA) to retrieve issuer certificates (see Section of [RFC5280]) are examples of how this deadlock can happen.

The OCSP part is fine, but the AIA piece is wrong.

For context, there are three different ways (to my knowledge) that a client might make outbound connections in order to validate or build a certification path.

1. CRL - clients fetch CRLs from the designated location.  This rarely happens any more as it is grossly inefficient, but it does still happen in some usages.

2. OCSP - clients query OCSP for the status of a certificate.

3.  AIA chasing - this is where the TLS handshake doesn't include the full set of certificates required to validate the end-entity certificate, but the certificate includes a URL for that certificate.

AIA itself is a multi-purpose field.  It can include multiple elements, one of which is the identity of an OCSP responder (the same one used in (2) above) and the other being the one used in (3).  It does not include CRL distribution points, as the text implies.

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RFC8484 (draft-ietf-doh-dns-over-https-14)
Title               : DNS Queries over HTTPS (DoH)
Publication Date    : October 2018
Author(s)           : P. Hoffman, P. McManus
Category            : PROPOSED STANDARD
Source              : DNS Over HTTPS
Area                : Applications and Real-Time
Stream              : IETF
Verifying Party     : IESG