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Telnet START-TLS Option

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From: The IESG <>
To: IETF-Announce <>
Cc: Internet Architecture Board <>,
    RFC Editor <>
Subject: Protocol Action: 'Telnet START-TLS Option' to Proposed 

The IESG has approved the following documents:

- 'Telnet Authentication: Kerberos Version 5 '
   <draft-altman-telnet-rfc2942bis-02.txt> as a Proposed Standard
- 'Telnet Authentication Option '
   <draft-altman-telnet-rfc2941bis-02.txt> as a Proposed Standard
- 'Telnet Authentication: SRP '
   <draft-altman-telnet-rfc2944bis-02.txt> as a Proposed Standard
- 'Telnet START-TLS Option '
   <draft-altman-telnet-starttls-02.txt> as a Proposed Standard

These documents have been reviewed in the IETF but are not the products of
an IETF Working Group. 

The IESG contact person is Tim Polk.

A URL of this Internet-Draft is:

Ballot Text

Technical Summary

  Telnet service has long been a standard Internet protocol.  However, a
  standard way of ensuring confidentiality and integrity of Telnet
  sessions has been lacking.  This document proposes a standard method
  for Telnet clients and servers to use the Transport Layer Security
  (TLS) protocol.  It describes how two Telnet participants can decide
  whether or not to attempt TLS negotiation, and how the two
  participants should process authentication credentials exchanged as a
  part of TLS startup.

Working Group Summary

  It should be noted that the START-TLS document describes a protocol
  that passed a Working Group Last Call in the TN3270 WG; however, it
  was never submitted to the IESG.

Protocol Quality

  The protocol is implemented in all modern day TN3270 and TN5250

  This document was reviewed by Russ Housley for the IESG.

RFC Editor Note