Re: [regext] Roman Danyliw's Discuss on draft-ietf-regext-login-security-07: (with DISCUSS and COMMENT)

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Hi JG!

Thanks for the quick response.  See details inline …

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Subject: Re: Roman Danyliw's Discuss on draft-ietf-regext-login-security-07: (with DISCUSS and COMMENT)


Thank you for your review and feedback.  I include my comments embedded below.



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On 1/22/20, 12:52 PM, "Roman Danyliw via Datatracker" <<>> wrote:

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    draft-ietf-regext-login-security-07: Discuss

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    ** Section 3.1.  When @type=”stat” and the name of the stat is set in @name,

    how does a client know the semantics of this stat?  Is that negotiated out of


JG - The possible set of "stat" type security event "name" values can be discovered / negotiated out of band or in band via a separate policy EPP extension, such as draft-gould-regext-login-security-policy.

[Roman] Understood.  Can you include a sentence to that effect.

    ** Section 4.1.  Per  <loginSec:userAgent>, how are the clients supposed to

    generate the app, tech or os strings in a way that the server will understand?

    If this is out of scope, please just say so.

JG - Yes, that is out of scope, but there is a concrete example available in the Verisign EPP SDK, which is referenced in section 7.1 of draft-ietf-regext-login-security.

[Roman] Understood.  Can you add a sentence to that effect here too.  These would address my concerns.




    I support Alissa Cooper’s DISCUSS position.

    ** Section 3.1.  Is a @value required when @type=”cipher” or

    @type=”tlsProtocol”? The examples in Section 4 show the use of @value.  Also,

    what format should be used to express the cipher or tlsProtocol?

JG – There is no normative language that requires the “value” for @type=”cipher” or @type=”tlsProtocol”.  It is reasonable to expect an implementer to populate the “value” attribute based on:

  *   the description of the “cipher” and “tlsProtocol” types with “Identifies…”;
  *   the description of the “value” attribute with “Identifies the value that resulted in the login security event”;
  *   the example EPP response where there is a set of login security events.

JG – The format of the “cipher” or “tlsProtocol” is dependent on the server-side TLS library, where the server would return the “cipher” or “tlsProtocol” value provided by the TLS library upon a successful TLS handshake.  The format is left free-form based on this dependency.

[Roman]  No problem.  Thanks for the clarification.

    ** Section 3.1.  Per the description of event@lang, please cite the language

    format as coming from Section 3.4.3[W3C.REC-xmlschema-2-20041028]

JG – Yes, I can add the reference to section 3.3.3[W3C.REC-xmlschema-2-20041028] for the “lang” attribute.  I believe that section 3.3.3 is the correct section.

[Roman]  Thanks.

    ** Section 4.1.  Per the children of <loginSec:userAgent>, would supporting a

    more formal approach also be useful -- using SWID (ISO/IEC 19770-2:2015) or

    COSWID (draft-ietf-sacm-coswid)?

JG – I’ll review SWID and COSWID, but I believe the <loginSec:userAgent> children currently meet the needs.

[Roman] No problem.  I wanted to ensure there was awareness of related work on an XML approach to what seemed like the same approach.

    ** Section 4.1. Per pw and newPW’s descriptions of “all internal continuous

    whitepaces … is replaced with a single #x20” – is this intentionally precluding

    a password with a double space?

JG – The intention is to describe how the XML schema “token” type is handled.  The XML schema “token” type is used in EPP RFC 5730, which draft-ietf-regext-login-security is extending to remove the 16 character constraint.  There is no intention to implicitly or explicitly change the handling of whitespace from what is defined in EPP RFC5730.

[Roman] I understand the thinking – just read it as a token type (which it would be anyway per the schema).  Thanks for clarifying.

    ** Section 4.1. Per “If non-ASCII characters are supported with the plain text

    password, then use a standard for passwords with international characters, such

    as the OpaqueString PRECIS profile in [RFC8265].”, if non-ASCII characters are

    supported, how does a client know which approach to take with a given server in

    an interoperable.  RFC8265 is a helpful reference but the current text seems to

    provide no guidance.

JG – This language was added based on a discussion with the Area Director to address a concern raised on the mailing list.  The server policy can be communicated out of band or in band using a policy extension such as draft-gould-regext-login-security-policy.

[Roman] Understood.  IMO, noting that this kind of policy should/could be communicated out of band would be a helpful clarification.

    ** Section 5.  Please note in the Section 5 introduction that the blob between

    the BEGIN and END tags in Section 5.1 are formally specified by XML Schema.

JG – I can add “XML” prior to each “schema” reference in the introduction of section 5.

[Roman]  Thanks.  This is really a reference nit – if you use a formal language, just cite it.

    ** Section 8.  Please note that the Security Considerations of RFC5730 apply

    and that this document enhances these security services.

JG – I can add a leading sentence to section 8 stating that, “The Security Considerations of [RFC5730] apply in this document, and this document enhances these considerations.”

[Roman]  Thanks.  Works for me.

    ** Editorial Nits

    -- Section 1.  Typo.  s/pssword/password/

JG – I believe the nit is s/pasword/password/ in section 1, which will be fixed.

[Roman] Right – with some irony, that’s the typo I was referencing with my own typo.  Thanks.