Re: [TLS] preliminary AD review of draft-ietf-tls-oldversions-deprecate-05

Eric Rescorla <ekr@rtfm.com> Tue, 12 November 2019 15:58 UTC

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From: Eric Rescorla <ekr@rtfm.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 07:58:02 -0800
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Subject: Re: [TLS] preliminary AD review of draft-ietf-tls-oldversions-deprecate-05
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On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 2:43 PM Rob Sayre <sayrer@gmail.com>; wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 12:27 PM Kaduk, Ben <bkaduk@akamai.com>; wrote:
>
>> The one concrete one that I remember (and can't attribute to the HTMLized
>> version dropping stuff) is RFC 7030 only in the header.
>>
>> I guess we can check what we want to do to DTLS as well, as RFC 6347 is
>> listed as Updates:-ed but that's the DTLS 1.2 spec.  (6347 itself
>> confusingly claims in the body text to "update DTLS 1.0 to work with TLS
>> 1.2" but has an "Obsoletes: 4347" header.)  I don't see what specifically
>> we update in 6347.
>>
>
>  I think the text in question is the last paragraph of RFC 6347's
> Introduction:
>
> "Implementations that speak both DTLS 1.2 and DTLS 1.0 can
>    interoperate with those that speak only DTLS 1.0 (using DTLS 1.0 of
>    course), just as TLS 1.2 implementations can interoperate with
>    previous versions of TLS (see Appendix E.1 of [TLS12] for details),
>    with the exception that there is no DTLS version of SSLv2 or SSLv3,
>    so backward compatibility issues for those protocols do not apply."
>
> This draft says "don't interoperate" in this situation.
>

I don't typically get too exercised about what appears in these metadata
headers, but I don't actually think this updates 6347. The statement there
is still true, we just tell you not to do it.

-Ekr


> thanks,
> Rob
>
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