Re: [TLS] Are the AEAD cipher suites a security trade-off win with TLS1.2?

Tom Ritter <> Wed, 16 March 2016 16:46 UTC

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On 16 March 2016 at 09:52, Colm MacCárthaigh <> wrote:
> At a minimum: could we agree that if a service/site is sensitive to privacy
> - it's reasonable for them to prefer AES-CBC; should they be penalized in
> SSL health analysis tools/reports for that configuration? it's not as
> flexible or useful as the padding in TLS1.3, but it's what we have.

If a site wants to actively do something to make length-hiding harder
- to the point where they're go in and prefer CBC ciphersuites - why
not just add 5 lines of code to a header template, to insert some
random data in a HTML comment?

I'm one of the biggest proponents for padding in TLS 1.3... and hope
to see it used to make deployments of length-hiding and traffic
analysis harder, so the HTML comment or similar tricks would be
easier, more robust, and not require site modifications.  But I don't
think going back to CBC mode is a good idea.