Re: [secdir] Early SecDir Reviews

Russ Housley <> Mon, 24 August 2015 19:28 UTC

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> 1) Is REQ-8 a security requirement? 
>   o  SEC-REQ-08: Each Identity is associated with one secondary
>      identity during a particular read/write sequence, but the
>      secondary identity may vary during the time a connection between
>      the I2RS client and I2RS agent is active.  The variance of the
>      secondary identity allows the I2rs client to be associated with
>      multiple applications and pass along an identifier for these
>      applications in the secondary identifier.

Yes, if that identity is going to be used to make the access control decision.

> 2) Is REQ-12 - a security requirement for a protocol?  NETCONF asked this of
> I2RS. 
>   SEC-REQ-12: The I2RS Client and I2RS Agent protocol SHOULD implement
>   mechanisms that mitigate DoS attacks

Yes.  For example, the IKE cookie mechanism is only there to make it much more expensive the an attacker ti implement DDoS.  They can't fire and forget.  They need to keep state and hang around for at least 1.5 round trips.

> 3) Section 2.4.1 - is a description of the what happens when multiple
> changes occur via multiple messages.  
> My understanding from your question is that the implementation of how an
> I2RS Agent processes the changes (change1, change2, change3) that occur in
> multiple messages is not a security issue, but a implementation issue.  If
> so, Please let me know. 

There might be some protocol issues to assist keep things atomic, but I agree it i not a security issue.

> 4) Are you Ok with REQ-09 specifying a non-secure transport as an option? 

The security considerations need to be clear what the consequences are if this option is selected.