[netmod] Genart last call review of draft-ietf-netmod-factory-default-14

Stewart Bryant via Datatracker <noreply@ietf.org> Thu, 12 March 2020 13:11 UTC

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Reviewer: Stewart Bryant
Review result: Ready

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Document: draft-ietf-netmod-factory-default-14
Reviewer: Stewart Bryant
Review Date: 2020-03-12
IETF LC End Date: 2020-03-16
IESG Telechat date: Not scheduled for a telechat

Summary: A well written document that is pretty much ready to go. I only have
one concern and that is whether the overwrite pattern needs some text so that
it does not accidentally become a covert channel.

Major issues: None

Minor issues:

 "All security sensitive data (i.e., private keys, passwords, etc.)  SHOULD be
 overwritten with zeros or a pattern before deletion.  "

"a pattern" is possibly vague, and care needs to be taken that this is not a
covert channel. Possibly it needs to say something like "an implementation
specific common pattern"?

Nits/editorial comments:

Nits contains a warning about references, but one concerns text that will
removed, and the other is a format error that will be fixed in publication

I saw the SecDir comment on RPC. This is a starred term in the abbreviation
list and does not technically need expanding.