[secdir] Security review of draft-ietf-tls-multiple-cert-status-extension-04

"Hilarie Orman" <ho@alum.mit.edu> Fri, 29 March 2013 20:35 UTC

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Subject: [secdir] Security review of draft-ietf-tls-multiple-cert-status-extension-04
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Security review of draft-ietf-tls-multiple-cert-status-extension-04

Do not be alarmed.  I have reviewed this document as part of the
security directorate's ongoing effort to review all IETF documents
being processed by the IESG.  These comments were written primarily
for the benefit of the security area directors.  Document editors and
WG chairs should treat these comments just like any other last call
comments.

The final paragraph in section 2.2 discusses using an unauthenticated
session for the purpose of obtaining certificates in order to
authenticate the session.  Sending usernames and passwords over the
connection while unauthenticated is regarded as "inappropriate".  This
seems to be a serious problem, deserving of at least a "MUST NOT".

In section 2.2, "A server that receive a client hello" should be
"A server that receives a client hello".  Later,
"require trust in the server, and the server certificate has not been"
reads better without the comma.

Hilarie