Re: [TLS] New cipher suites for SRP

Dave Garrett <> Sat, 27 June 2015 01:02 UTC

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Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:01:56 -0400
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Subject: Re: [TLS] New cipher suites for SRP
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On Friday, June 26, 2015 07:48:01 pm Attila Molnar wrote:
> Currently SRP cannot be used with newer crypto primitives such as ciphers in
> AEAD mode or SHA-2 due to the lack of cipher suites enabling these.
> There's only 3DES and AES-CBC with SHA-1.
> Would there be support for expanding the SRP cipher suites?

I don't think it's a good idea to add new SRP cipher suites.

Instead, I think redefining SRP as an extension to PSK would make more sense. Use (EC)DHE_PSK cipher suites with an updated SRP extension to get similar capabilities. This would make updating SRP to use newer crypto much easier, as modern PSK cipher suites are easier to get standardized. The current SRP spec actually already appears to rely on PSK identity alert codes.