[manet] Warren Kumari's Discuss on draft-ietf-manet-dlep-pause-extension-06: (with DISCUSS)

Warren Kumari via Datatracker <noreply@ietf.org> Mon, 08 April 2019 18:57 UTC

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Subject: [manet] Warren Kumari's Discuss on draft-ietf-manet-dlep-pause-extension-06: (with DISCUSS)
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Warren Kumari has entered the following ballot position for
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Please note that I'm really not a DLEP person, and so this may be completely
incorrect -- in which case I'm (of course!) happy to clear my discuss.

Hypothetical Scenario:
My next-door neighbor keeps using up all the bandwidth, making my Internets
slow! Stupid neighbor!

Until now I didn't have much motivation to mess with DLEP (it didn't really
gain me anything), but now I can spoof Pause Data Items to get the router to
stop sending traffic to her, freeing up all the bandwidth for me.

The security considerations section doesn't *really* cover this -- it says:
" Note that this extension does allow a compromised or impersonating modem to
suppress transmission by the router, but this is not a substantively different
attack by such a compromised modem simply dropping all traffic destined to, or
sent by a router." -- that only covers compromised modems, not impersonating

It also says:
"[RFC8175] defines the use of TLS to protect against the impersonating
attacker." -- yes, RFC8175 does indeed define the use of TLS, but doesn't
require it.

RFC8175 Security Considerations also say:
" This specification does not address security of the data plane, as it (the
data plane) is not affected, and standard security procedures can be employed."
and "Similar issues can arise if DLEP data is used as an input to policing
algorithms -- injection of malicious data via DLEP can cause those policing
algorithms to make incorrect decisions, degrading network throughput."

It seems that this specification is specifically allowing the dataplane to be
affected by (spoofed) DLEP messages, and in a much more direct way than
discussed in the RFC8175 security considerations section. I think that this is
dangerous without much more direct advice (like "MUST use TLS" or similar).