Re: [TLS] Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-schwartz-tls-lb-00.txt

"Martin Thomson" <> Mon, 01 July 2019 03:36 UTC

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Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 13:36:13 +1000
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You might like to coordinate with Martin Duke, who is doing similar (but different) things with QUIC:

Personally, I find this sort of thing difficult to reason about.  I would rather have a separate TLS connection with each backend than to overload or annotate connections.  Cramming stuff ahead of the real connection is awkward, but I can see how that might be necessary in order to get back-end systems ready for the new connection.  That won't be sufficient for QUIC though. 

As an aside, the proposed design for QUIC is a very good way to ossify the QUIC handshake.  I don't think that's a good way to do this, even if I believed that the potential growth in MTU was not a problem.

I would have thought it easier to use an exporter (plus one to provide a key identifier) to get shared keys -- if you need them.  I don't think that you do though.

If you look at Martin Duke's design, the load balancer acts as an oracle.  It can do that for ESNI in the split mode you envisage.

On Sat, Jun 29, 2019, at 02:52, Ben Schwartz wrote:
> Hi TLS,
> This is a proposal for a very simple new protocol whose main purpose is 
> to enable ESNI "split mode". Ultimately, I hope that this protocol can 
> also enable more end-to-end TLS, by reducing the need for 
> load-balancers to terminate TLS.
> Please discuss.
> Thanks,
> Ben Schwartz
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>  A new version of I-D, draft-schwartz-tls-lb-00.txt
>  has been successfully submitted by Benjamin M. Schwartz and posted to the
>  IETF repository.
>  Name: draft-schwartz-tls-lb
>  Revision: 00
>  Title: TLS Metadata for Load Balancers
>  Document date: 2019-06-28
>  Group: Individual Submission
>  Pages: 8
>  URL:
>  Status:
>  Htmlized:
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>  Abstract:
>  A load balancer that does not terminate TLS may wish to provide some
>  information to the backend server, in addition to forwarding TLS
>  data. This draft proposes a protocol between load balancers and
>  backends that enables secure, efficient delivery of TLS with
>  additional information. The need for such a protocol has recently
>  become apparent in the context of split mode ESNI.
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