[TLS] draft-camwinget-tls-use-cases-05 fix/remove §2.2.1

Nick Lamb <njl@tlrmx.org> Wed, 24 July 2019 21:53 UTC

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My impression from watching Tuesday's session is that this probably
can't end up as a Working Group document, but nevertheless people
seem to keep looking at it and so it's worth fixing errors.

Eric Rescorla touched on this I think briefly, but I want to be more

Section 2.2.1 of the draft-camwinget-tls-use-cases-05 document says:

   In TLS 1.2, the ClientHello, ServerHello and Certificate messages are
   all sent in clear-text, however in TLS 1.3, the Certificate message
   is encrypted thereby hiding the server identity from any

But the contents of Certificate are merely public data, an adversary
can arrange for a server under their control to present any
certificate of their choosing, thereby in fact hiding the server
identity from any intermediary under prior versions of TLS too.

If this document is to continue in any form, even as an individual
submission, it should be updated to either erase 2.2.1 altogether and
any "use cases" that rely on it, or make clear that this technique
couldn't actually work in TLS anyway and is mentioned only because
some products erroneously rely on it.