Re: [SECMECH] Framework Bindings Vs. Mechanism Bridges

Nicolas Williams <> Wed, 24 August 2005 18:27 UTC

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Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 13:27:05 -0500
From: Nicolas Williams <>
To: Charles Clancy <>
Subject: Re: [SECMECH] Framework Bindings Vs. Mechanism Bridges
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On Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 01:45:19PM -0400, Charles Clancy wrote:
> On Wed, 24 Aug 2005, Ali Fessi wrote:
> >- What is the benefit of having a TGT as a result of the authentication 
> >for EAP?!! With native Kerberos, the TGT is used to get a service ticket 
> >from the TGS to access kerberized services. What would be here the 
> >kerberized service?! is it just the "network access"?! or is anyone 
> >planning to realize different kerberized services at layer 2? Is this a 
> >new requirement for 802.11?
> Not only would it allow you to obtain a TGT, it would also allow you to 
> use an existing TGT to get a "service ticket" for network access.  This is 
> probably the less-likely scenario though, since talking to a KDC requires 
> network access in the first place.

Think fast reconnection...  Not such an unlikely scenario, IMO :)

But the TGT could, and I expect would be useful after all the EAP
business is done.

Think of an IPsec VPN client that uses IKEv2 w/ EAP w/ EAP-IAKERB to
connect to the SG and which then also needs a TGT for other services in
the private network once the tunnel is up.  Here Kerberos V credentials
are useful for obtaining network access and also for obtaining access to
many other services one the network is up.

> Another interesting idea would be to treat each 802.11i AP as a service, 
> and you could obtain service tickets for them as you roam.

Again, "fast reconnect."  The first connection requires an AS exchange
to get a TGT and a TGS exchange to get a service ticket, plus an AP
exchange to authenticate with the AP (oops, too many meanings for 'AP');
subsequent connections to the same AP prior to service ticket expiration
require only an AP exchange.

> >- Would PKINIT really be an advantage for EAP?! The point with PKINIT is 
> >that it supports authentication of the client with public key 
> >cryptography. But isn't this already covered by EAP-TLS?
> Well it gets you a TGT.  As long as you think getting a TGT is a good 
> idea, then PKINIT would seem useful.



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