Re: Last Call: <draft-harkins-owe-05.txt> (Opportunistic Wireless Encryption) to Informational RFC

Stephen Farrell <> Mon, 16 January 2017 16:35 UTC

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Subject: Re: Last Call: <draft-harkins-owe-05.txt> (Opportunistic Wireless Encryption) to Informational RFC
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Hi Dan, Warren,

The (extended) last call for this is now over.

There were minor comments from the gen-art [1] and opsdir
reviews (not sent to a list?) and some additional editorial
comments received offlist (from IEEE folks I believe).

As promised, I also asked some IEEE folks about this and got
one substantive comment, which is below. (The author of that
didn't yet say yes when I asked if it was ok to forward their
email, so I'll post the comment itself and send a link to this
to the author, who can then decide to engage or not.) The
comment was:

"It's possible to do this via EAP, either as a new EAP method
implementing OWE or as an extension to EAP-TLS wherein client certs are
not required and a DH/DHE TLS ciphersuite is used. These approaches are
squarely within IETF's jurisdiction.  Why not go that route?  Indeed
there are a couple extra round trips required in the protocol, but you
don't commit any standardization cardinal sins along the way. "

I don't think any of the above are fatal to proceeding but would
like if Dan and/or Warren can respond to those comments and submit
a revised ID if one is needed. Assuming nothing major ensues as a
result I'll put this draft on an upcoming IESG telechat.



On 05/12/16 16:48, The IESG wrote:
> The IESG has received a request from an individual submitter to consider
> the following document:
> - 'Opportunistic Wireless Encryption'
>   <draft-harkins-owe-05.txt> as Informational RFC
> The IESG plans to make a decision in the next few weeks, and solicits
> final comments on this action. Please send substantive comments to the
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> Abstract
>    This memo specifies an extension to IEEE Std 802.11 to provide for
>    opportunistic (unauthenticated) encryption to the wireless media.
> The file can be obtained via
> IESG discussion can be tracked via
> No IPR declarations have been submitted directly on this I-D.