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Security Requirements for BGP Path Validation
RFC 7353

Document type: RFC - Informational (August 2014; No errata)
Document stream: IETF
Last updated: 2014-08-20
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IETF State: Submitted to IESG for Publication
Consensus: Unknown
Document shepherd: Chris Morrow
Shepherd Write-Up: Last changed 2014-06-13

IESG State: RFC 7353 (Informational)
IANA Review State: IANA OK - No Actions Needed
IANA Action State: No IC
Responsible AD: Alia Atlas
Send notices to: sidr-chairs@tools.ietf.org, draft-ietf-sidr-bgpsec-reqs@tools.ietf.org

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                       S. Bellovin
Request for Comments: 7353                           Columbia University
Category: Informational                                          R. Bush
ISSN: 2070-1721                                Internet Initiative Japan
                                                                 D. Ward
                                                           Cisco Systems
                                                             August 2014

             Security Requirements for BGP Path Validation

Abstract

   This document describes requirements for a BGP security protocol
   design to provide cryptographic assurance that the origin Autonomous
   System (AS) has the right to announce the prefix and to provide
   assurance of the AS Path of the announcement.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents
   approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet
   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7353.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.1.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Recommended Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   3.  General Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  BGP UPDATE Security Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   6.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   7.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     7.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     7.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7

1.  Introduction

   Origin validation based on Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI)
   [RFC6811] provides a measure of resilience to accidental
   mis-origination of prefixes; however, it provides neither
   cryptographic assurance (announcements are not signed) nor assurance
   of the AS Path of the announcement.

   This document describes requirements to be placed on a BGP security
   protocol, herein termed "BGPsec", intended to rectify these gaps.

   The threat model assumed here is documented in [RFC4593] and
   [RFC7132].

   As noted in the threat model [RFC7132], this work is limited to
   threats to the BGP protocol.  Issues of business relationship
   conformance, while quite important to operators, are not security
   issues per se and are outside the scope of this document.  It is
   hoped that these issues will be better understood in the future.

1.1.  Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" are to
   be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119] only when they
   appear in all upper case.  They may also appear in lower or mixed
   case, without normative meaning.

2.  Recommended Reading

   This document assumes knowledge of the RPKI [RFC6480] and the RPKI
   Repository Structure [RFC6481].

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