Re: [secdir] secdir review of draft-moonesamy-sshfp-ed25519-01

S Moonesamy <sm+ietf@elandsys.com> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:04 UTC

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Date: Fri, 30 May 2014 11:44:30 -0700
To: "Joseph Salowey (jsalowey)" <jsalowey@cisco.com>
From: S Moonesamy <sm+ietf@elandsys.com>
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Hi Joe,
At 09:52 30-05-2014, Joseph Salowey (jsalowey) wrote:
>[Joe] Running code is certainly good, but I don't think the ed25519 
>paper by itself provides enough information to create an 
>interoperable implementation.   Without this information I'm not 
>sure its possible to implement the draft.  For example, as you 
>mention below the format for the key is undocumented is it well 
>enough understood what the format of the data to be hashed in the 
>fingerprint is from the draft and its references?  It seems the only 
>documentation of the protocol is in the source code.  I'm not sure 
>if there is a precedent for referencing a source code, but if it is 
>source controlled perhaps it is acceptable.

According to http://www.openssh.com/ OpenSSH is used by "companies 
like NetApp, NETFLIX, EMC, Juniper, Cisco, Apple, Red Hat, and 
Novell; but probably includes almost all router, switch or unix-like 
operating system vendors".  The source code has been under revision 
control since over 10 years and it is publicly accessible.  The 
source code is distributed under a liberal license.  I could have 
argued for "Proposed Standard".  I thought that it was better to go 
for "Informational" to document what has been implemented as I would 
have raised arguments similar to the ones quoted above is a review 
about a "Proposed Standard".

There was a comment from Rene Struik during the Last Call about the 
hash and the ed25519 paper ( 
http://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/ietf/current/msg87894.html ).  I 
think that he understood how it works.  The well understood test 
happens after publication as it depends on the unknown reader.

There is a precedent for referencing source code.  In my opinion it 
is better not to do that unless it is really necessary.  I prefer not 
to use the precedent argument.

I'll note that this draft does not break anything on the internet.

Please let me know whether the above addresses the issues in the review.

Regards,
S. Moonesamy