Re: [OAUTH-WG] New OAuth client credentials RPK and PSK

Torsten Lodderstedt <> Sat, 13 May 2017 10:00 UTC

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Subject: Re: [OAUTH-WG] New OAuth client credentials RPK and PSK
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Hi Samuel,

as far as I understand your draft, it utilizes results of the (D)TLS client authentication for authentication towards the tokens endpoint - similar to Do you intend to also utilize the binding of the access token to a certain key pair as described in oauth-ietf-mtls?

best regards,

> Am 12.05.2017 um 10:03 schrieb Samuel Erdtman <>:
> Hi ACE and OAuth WGs,
> I and Ludwig submitted a new draft yesterday defining how to use Raw Public Key and Pre Shared Key with (D)TLS as OAuth client credentials,
> We think this is valuable to the ACE work since the ACE framework is based on OAuth, but client credentials as defined in the OAuth framework are not the best match for embedded devices.
> We think Raw Public Keys and Pre Shared Keys are more suitable credentials for embedded devices for the following reasons:
> * Better security by binding to transport layer.
> * If PSK DTLS is to be used a key need to be distributed any way, why not make use of it as credential.
> * Client id and client secret accommodates for manual input by a humans. This does not scale well and requires some for of input device.
> * Some/many devices will have crypto-hardware that can protect key material, to not use that possibility would be a waste.
> * There are probably more reasons these was just the once on top of my head.
> This is not the first resent initiative to create new client credential types, the OAuth WG adopted a similar draft for certificate based client credentials ( That work is also valuable to ACE but not all devices will be able to work with certificates or even asymmetric cryptos .
> Please review and comment.
> Cheers
> //Samuel
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