Re: [TLS] Rethink TLS 1.3

Peter Gutmann <pgut001@cs.auckland.ac.nz> Wed, 26 November 2014 00:28 UTC

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Nico Williams <nico@cryptonector.com>; writes:

>Or, to put it differently, we need to state an Internet threat model
>succintly.

Exactly.  The Internet Threat Model is frequently referred to, but I have no
idea what it actually is.  AFAIK it's either:

  "I'm OK, you're OK, and the network is the problem".
  
a quaint relic from the 1980s that hasn't been relevant for 15-20 years, or
what I've referred to as the Inside-Out Threat Model:

  "The threat model is defined to be whatever it is that our crypto counters".

Neither of these are very useful.  In other words, we don't actually have a
threat model, just a cardboard cut-out that we point to and say "look, we
defend against that!".

Peter.