Re: [quicwg/base-drafts] Add Security Considerations for SRT hash collision attack (#3005)

Kazuho Oku <> Thu, 05 September 2019 01:38 UTC

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> A similar concern exists on the server side for connection ID lookup I believe? Not as much the constant time aspect, but hash collisions.

That's a good point. For most CIDs no, but yes for the server CIDs that are initially chosen by the client. Though, for such CIDs, I think a hash map that uses `client-address-port || CID` as the key should be used for identifying connections, as the collision of CIDs (rather than the collision of hashed values) would be an issue.

We might want to expand on that.

OTOH, I think @martinthomson makes a good point in asking if collision of hashed values (or raw values) in general is something we need to talk. If we are to limit the discussion to how endpoints can fulfill the no-leak requirement regarding stored SRTs, maybe something like would be sufficient.

FWIW, my intent behind creating this PR has been to give advice on how implementations can cope with the requirement, and nothing more.

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