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RADEXT Working Group                                            A. DeKok
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Intended status: Standards Track                          4 October 2022
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                 Deprecating RADIUS/UDP and RADIUS/TCP


   RADIUS crypto-agility was first mandated as future work by RFC 6421.
   The outcome of that work was the publication of RADIUS over TLS (RFC
   6614) and RADIUS over DTLS (RFC 7360) as experimental documents.
   Those transport protocols have been in wide-spread use for many years
   in a wide range of networks.  They have proven their utility as
   replacements for the previous UDP (RFC 2865) and TCP (RFC 6613)
   transports.  With that knowledge, the continued use of insecure
   transports for RADIUS has serious and negative implications for
   privacy and security.

   This document formally deprecates the use of the User Datagram
   Protocol (UDP) and of the Transport Congestion Protocol (TCP) as
   transport protocols for RADIUS.  These transports are permitted
   inside of secure networks, but their use even in that environment is
   strongly discouraged.  For all other environments, the use of TLS-
   based transports is mandated.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.1.  Overview  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  Overview of issues with RADIUS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     3.1.  Information is sent in Clear Text . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.2.  MD5 has been broken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.3.  Complexity of cracking RADIUS shared secrets  . . . . . .   6
     3.4.  Tunnel-Password and CoA-Request packets . . . . . . . . .   8
   4.  All short Shared Secrets have been compromised  . . . . . . .   9
   5.  Deprecating RADIUS, and mandating TLS.  . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     5.1.  Deprecating UDP and TCP as transports . . . . . . . . . .   9
     5.2.  Mandating TLS transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.3.  Crypto-Agility  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   6.  Migration Path and Recommendations  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     6.1.  Shared Secrets  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     6.2.  TLS-PSK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
       6.2.1.  PSK Identities  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   7.  Privacy Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   9.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15

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   10. Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   11. Changelog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   12. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     12.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     12.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17

1.  Introduction

   The RADIUS protocol [RFC2865] was first standardized in 1997, though
   its roots go back much earlier to 1993.  The protocol uses MD5
   [RFC1321] to sign some packets types, and to obfsucate certain
   attributes such as User-Password.  As originally designed, Access-
   Request packets were entirely unauthenticated, and could be trivially
   spoofed as discussed in [RFC3579] Section 4.3.2.  In order to prevent
   such spoofing, that specification defined the Message-Authenticator
   attribute ([RFC3579] Section 3.2) which allowed for packets to carry
   a signature based on HMAC-MD5.

   The state of MD5 security was discussed in [RFC6151], which led to
   the state of RADIUS security being reviewed in [RFC6421] Section 3.
   The outcome of that review was the remainder of [RFC6421], which
   created crypto-agility requirements for RADIUS.

   RADIUS/TLS [RFC6614] and RADIUS/DTLS [RFC7360] were then defined in
   order to meet the crypto-agility requirements of [RFC6421].  RADIUS/
   TLS has been in wide-spread use for about a decade, including
   Eduroam, and more recently OpenRoaming.  RADIUS/DTLS has seen less
   use across the public Internet, but it nonetheless has multiple

   As of the writing of this specification, RADIUS/UDP is still widely
   used, even though it depends on MD5 and "ad hoc" constructions for
   security.  While MD5 has been broken, it is a testament to the design
   of RADIUS that there have been (as yet) no attacks on RADIUS
   Authenticator signatures which are stronger than brute-force.

   However, the probmens with MD5 means that if a someone can view
   unencrypted RADIUS traffic, even a hobbyist attacker can crack all
   possible RADIUS shared secrets of eight characters or less.  Such
   attacks can also result in compromise of all passwords carried in the
   User-Password attribute.

   Even if a stronger packet signature method was used as in [RFC6218],
   it would not fully address the issues with RADIUS.  Most information
   in RADIUS is sent in cleartext, and only a few attributes are hidden
   via obfuscation methods which rely on more "ad hoc" MD5
   constructions.  The privacy implications of this openness are severe.

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   Any observer of non-TLS RADIUS traffic is able to tell who is logging
   in to the network, what devices they are using, where they are
   logging in from, and their approximate location (usually city).  With
   location-based attributes as defined in [RFC5580], a users location
   may be determined to within 15 or so meters.  An observer can use
   RADIUS accounting packets to determine how long a user is online, and
   to track a summary of their total traffic (upload and download

   When RADIUS/UDP is used across the public Internet, the location of
   corporate executives can potentially be tracked in real-time (usually
   10 minute intervals), to within 15 meters.  Their devices can be
   identified, and tracked.  Any passwords they send via the User-
   Password attribute can be be compromised.  The negative implications
   for security and individual safety are obvious.

   These issues are only partly mitigated when the attributes RADIUS is
   carrying define their own increased security and privacy.  For
   example, some authentication methods such EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, etc.
   allow for User-Name privacy and for more secure transport of
   passwords.  The use of MAC address randomization can limit device
   informationidentification to a particular manufacterer, instead of to
   a unique device.

   However, these authentication methods are not always used or are not
   always available.  Even if these methods were used ubiquitously, they
   do not protect all of the information which is publicly available
   when RADIUS/UDP or RADIUS/TCP is used.

   It is no longer acceptable for RADIUS to rely on MD5 for security.
   It is no longer acceptable to send device or location information in
   clear text.  This document therefore deprecates insecure uses of
   RADIUS, and mandates the use of secure TLS-based transport layers.

   The use of TLS-based transport ensures complete privacy and security
   for all RADIUS traffic.  An observer is limited to knowing rough
   activity levels of a client or server.  That is, an observer can tell
   if there are a few users on a NAS, or many users on a NAS.  All other
   information is hidden from all observers.

1.1.  Overview

   The rest of this document begins a summary of issues with RADIUS, and
   shows just how trivial it is to crack RADIUS/UDP security.  We then
   mandate the use of TLS transport, and describe what that means.  We
   give recommendations on how current systems can be migrated to using
   TLS.  We conclude with privacy and security considerations.

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2.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in
   BCP 14 [RFC2119] [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all
   capitals, as shown here.

   *  RADIUS

      The Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service protocol, as
      defined in [RFC2865], [RFC2865], and [RFC5176] among others.


      RADIUS over the User Datagram Protocol as define above.


      RADIUS over the Transport Congestion Protocol [RFC6613]


      RADIUS over the Transport Layer Security protocol [RFC6614]


      RADIUS over the Datagram Transport Layer Security protocol

   *  TLS

      the Transport Layer Security protocol.  Generally when we refer to
      TLS in this document, we are referring to RADIUS/TLS and/or

   *  NAS

      Network Access Server, which is a RADIUS client.

3.  Overview of issues with RADIUS

   There are a number of issues with RADIUS.  For one, RADIUS sends most
   information "in the clear", with obvious privacy implications.

   Further, MD5 has been broken for over a decade, as summarized in
   [RFC6151].  No protocol should be using MD5 for anything.  Even if
   MD5 was not broken, computers have gotten substantially faster in the

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   past thirty years.  This speed increase makes it possible for the
   average hobbyist to perform brute-force attacks to crack even
   seemingly complex shared secrets.

   We address each of these issues in detail below.

3.1.  Information is sent in Clear Text

   Other than a few attributes such as User-Password, all RADIUS traffic
   is sent "in the clear".  The resulting traffic has a large number of
   privacy issues.  We refer to [RFC6973], and specifically to Section 5
   of that document for detailed discussion.  RADIUS is vulnerable to
   all of the issues raised by [RFC6973].

   There are clear privacy and security information with sending user
   identifiers, and user locations [RFC5580] in clear-text across the
   Internet.  As such, the use of clear-text protocols across insecure
   networks is no longer acceptable.

3.2.  MD5 has been broken

   Attacks on MD5 are summarized in part in [RFC6151].  While there have
   not been many new attacks in the decade since [RFC6151] was
   published, that does not mean that further attacks do not exist.  It
   is more likely that no one is looking for new attacks.

   It is reasonable to expect that new research can further break MD5,
   but also that such research may not be publicly available.

3.3.  Complexity of cracking RADIUS shared secrets

   The cost of cracking a a shared secret can only go down over time as
   computation becomes cheaper.  The issue is made worse because of the
   way MD5 is used in RADIUS.  The attacker does not have to calculate
   the hash over the entire packet, as that can be precalculated, and
   cached.  The attacker can simply begin with that precalculated
   portion, and brute-force only the shared secret portion.

   At the time of writing this document, an "off the shelf" commodity
   computer can calculate at least 100M MD5 hashes per second.  If we
   limit shared secrets to upper/lowercase letters, numbers, and a few
   "special" characters, we have 64 possible characters for shared
   secrets.  Which means that for 8-character passwords, there are 2^48
   possible password combinations.

   The result is that using one readily available machine, it takes
   approximately 32 days to brute-force the entire 8 octet / 64
   character password space.  The problem is even worse when graphical

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   processing units (GPUs) are used.  A high-end GPU is capable of
   performing more than 64 billion hashes per second.
   At that rate, the entire 8 character space described above can be
   searched in approximately 90 minutes.

   This is an attack which is feasible today for a hobbyist.  Increasing
   the size of the character set raises the cost of cracking, but not
   enough to be secure.  Increasing the character set to 93 characters
   means that the hobbyist using a GPU could search the entire 8
   character space in about a day.

   Increasing the length of the shared secret a bit helps.  For secrets
   ten characters long, a GPU can search a 64-character space in about
   six months, and a 93 character space would take approximately 24

   The brute-force attack is also trivially parallelizable.  Nation-
   states have sufficient resources to deploy hundreds to thousands of
   systems dedicated to these attacks.  That realization means that a
   "time to crack" of 24 years is simply expensive, but is not
   particularly difficult.

   Whether the above numbers exactly correct, or only approximate is
   immaterial.  These attacks will only get better over time.  The cost
   to crack shared secrets will only go down.

   Even worse, administrators do not always derive shared secrets from
   secure sources of random numbers.  The "time to crack" numbers given
   above are the absolute best case, assuming administrators follow best
   practices for creating secure shared secrets.  For shared secrets
   created manually by a person, the search space is orders of magnitude
   smaller than the best case outlined above.

   It should be assumed that an average attacker with modest resource
   can crack most human-derived shared secrets in minutes, if not

   Despite the ease of attacking MD5, it is still a common practice for
   some "cloud" and other RADIUS providers to send RADIUS/UDP packets
   over the Internet "in the clear".  It is also common practice for
   administrators to use "short" shared secrets, and to use shared
   secrets created by a person, or derived from a limited character set.
   Theses practice are followed for ease of use of administrators, but
   they are also highly insecure.

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3.4.  Tunnel-Password and CoA-Request packets

   There are similar security issues for the Tunnel-Password attribute,
   at least in CoA-Request and Disconnect-Request packets.

   [RFC5176] Section 2.3 says:

   Request Authenticator

      In Request packets, the Authenticator value is a 16-octet MD5
      [RFC1321] checksum, called the Request Authenticator.  The
      Request Authenticator is calculated the same way as for an
      Accounting-Request, specified in [RFC2866].

   Where [RFC2866] Section 3 says:

     The NAS and RADIUS accounting server share a secret.  The Request
     Authenticator field in Accounting-Request packets contains a one-
     way MD5 hash calculated over a stream of octets consisting of the
     Code + Identifier + Length + 16 zero octets + request attributes +
     shared secret (where + indicates concatenation).  The 16 octet MD5
     hash value is stored in the Authenticator field of the
     Accounting-Request packet.

   Taken together, these defintions means that for CoA-Request packets,
   all attribute obfuscation is calculated with the Reply Authenticator
   being all zeroes.

   [RFC5176] Section 3.6 allows for Tunnel-Password in CoA-Request

     Change-of-Authorization Messages

     Request   ACK      NAK   #   Attribute
     0+        0        0    69   Tunnel-Password (Note 5)
     (Note 5) When included within a CoA-Request, these attributes
     represent an authorization change request.  Where tunnel attributes
     are included within a successful CoA-Request, all existing tunnel
     attributes are removed and replaced by the new attribute(s).

   However, [RFC2868] Section 3.5 says that Tunnel-Password is encrypted
   with the Request Authenticator:

     Call the shared secret S, the pseudo-random 128-bit Request
     Authenticator (from the corresponding Access-Request packet) R,

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   The assumption that the Request Authenticator is random data is true
   for Access-Request packets.  It is not true for CoA-Request packets

   That is, when the Tunnel-Password attribute is used in CoA-Request
   packets, the only source of randomness in the obfuscation is the
   salt, as defined in [RFC2868] Section 3.5;

     The Salt field is two octets in length and is used to ensure the
     uniqueness of the encryption key used to encrypt each instance of
     the Tunnel-Password attribute occurring in a given Access-Accept
     packet.  The most significant bit (leftmost) of the Salt field
     MUST be set (1).  The contents of each Salt field in a given
     Access-Accept packet MUST be unique.

   Which means that there is only 15 bits of entropy in the Tunnel-
   Password obfuscation (plus the secret).  It is not known if this
   limitation makes it easier to determine the contents of the Tunnel-
   Password.  However, it cannot be a good thing, and it is one more
   reason to deprecate RADIUS/UDP.

4.  All short Shared Secrets have been compromised

   Unless RADIUS packets are sent over a secure network (IPSec, TLS,
   etc.), administrators should assume that any shared secret of 8
   characters or less has been immediately compromised.  Administrators
   should assume that any shared secret of 10 characters or less has
   been compromised by an attacker with significant resources.
   Administrators should also assume that any private information (such
   as User-Password) which depends on such shared secrets has also been

   Further, if a User-Password has been sent over the Internet via
   RADIUS/UDP or RADIUS/TCP in the last decade, you should assume that
   password has been compromised by an attacker with sufficient

5.  Deprecating RADIUS, and mandating TLS.

   The solution to an insecure protocol using thirty year-old
   cryptography is to deprecate the insecure cryptography, and to
   mandate modern cryptographic transport.

5.1.  Deprecating UDP and TCP as transports

   RADIUS/UDP and RADIUS/TCP MUST NOT be used outside of secure
   networks.  A secure network is one which is known to be safe from
   eavesdroppers, attackers, etc.

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   For example, if IPSec is used between two systems, then those systems
   may use RADIUS/UDP or RADIUS/TCP over the IPSec connection.

   Similarly, RADIUS/UDP and RADIUS/TCP may be used in secure management
   networks.  However, administrators should not assume that such uses
   are secure.

   Using RADIUS/UDP and RADIUS/TCP in any environment is still NOT
   RECOMMENDED.  A network misconfiguration could result in the RADIUS
   traffic being sent over an insecure network.  Neither the RADIUS
   client nor the RADIUS server would be aware of this misconfiguration.

   In contrast, when TLS is used, the RADIUS endpoints are aware of all
   security issues, and can enforce security for themselves.

5.2.  Mandating TLS transport

   All RADIUS systems MUST support RADIUS/TLS and/or RADIUS/DTLS.

5.3.  Crypto-Agility

   The crypto-agility requirements of [RFC6421] are addressed in
   [RFC6614] Appendix C, and in Section 10.1 of [RFC7360].  For clarity,
   we repeat the text of [RFC7360] here, with some minor modifications
   to update references, but not content.

   Section 4.2 of [RFC6421] makes a number of recommendations about
   security properties of new RADIUS proposals.  All of those
   recommendations are satisfied by using TLS or DTLS as the transport

   Section 4.3 of [RFC6421] makes a number of recommendations about
   backwards compatibility with RADIUS.  [RFC7360] Section 3 addresses
   these concerns in detail.

   Section 4.4 of [RFC6421] recommends that change control be ceded to
   the IETF, and that interoperability is possible.  Both requirements
   are satisfied.

   Section 4.5 of [RFC6421] requires that the new security methods apply
   to all packet types.  This requirement is satisfied by allowing TLS
   and DTLS to be used for all RADIUS traffic.  In addition, [RFC7360]
   Section 3, addresses concerns about documenting the transition from
   legacy RADIUS to crypto-agile RADIUS.

   Section 4.6 of [RFC6421] requires automated key management.  This
   requirement is satisfied by using TLS or DTLS key management.

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   We can now finalize the work began in [RFC6421].  We now state that
   new RADIUS specifications MUST NOT create any new cryptographic
   primitives to sign individual packets, or to obfscate the contents of
   any attributes.  All security and privacy MUST instead be provided by
   a secure transport layer such as TLS.  Simply using IPSec is not
   enough, as the use (or not) of IPSec is unknown to the RADIUS

   It is NOT RECOMMENDED to define new attributes which use the content
   obfuscation methods defined for User-Password or Tunnel-Password.  We
   would like to forbid such constructs entirely.  We recognize that
   RADIUS/UDP will still be in use for many years, and that new
   standards may require some modicrum of privacy.  As a result, it is
   difficult to forbid the use of these constructs.

   hat being said, there has been no need since [RFC2868] in 2000 for
   new attribute which use these obfuscation methods.  We believe
   therefore that there will be no demand for this kind of new

6.  Migration Path and Recommendations

   We recognize that it is difficult to upgrade legacy devices with new
   cryptographic protocols and user interfaces.  The problem is made
   worse because the volume of RADIUS devices which are in use.  The
   exact number is unknown, and can only be approximated.  Our best
   guesses would be in the order of hundreds of thousands, if not
   millions of RADIUS/UDP devices are in daily use.

   We therefore need to define a migration path to using secure
   transports.  We give a few migration steps by making stronger
   recommendations for shared secrets.  Where [RFC6614] Section 2.3
   makes support for TLS-PSK optional, we now require support for TLS-

6.1.  Shared Secrets

   [RFC2865] Section 3 says:

      It is preferred that the secret be at least 16 octets.  This is to
      ensure a sufficiently large range for the secret to provide
      protection against exhaustive search attacks.  The secret MUST NOT
      be empty (length 0) since this would allow packets to be trivially

   This recommendation is no longer adequate, so we strengthen it here.

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   RADIUS implementations MUST support shared secrets of at least 32
   octets, and SHOULD support shared secrets of 64 octets.
   Implementations MUST warn administrators that the shared secret is
   insecure if it is 10 octets or less in length.

   Administrators SHOULD use shared secrets of at least 24 octets,
   generated using a source of secure random numbers.  Any other
   practice is likely to lead to compromise of the shared secret, user
   information, and possibly of the entire network.

   Creating secure shared secrets is not difficult.  One solution is to
   use a simple script given below.

      #!/usr/bin/env perl use MIME::Base32; use Crypt::URandom(); print
      join('-', unpack("(A4)*", lc
      encode_base32(Crypt::URandom::urandom(12)))), "\n";

   This script reads 96 bits of random data from a secure source,
   encodes it in Base32, and then makes it easier for people to work
   with.  The generated secrets are of the form "2nw2-4cfi-nicw-3g2i-
   5vxq".  This form of secret will be accepted by any known
   implementation which supports at least 24 octets for shared secrets.

   Given the simplicity of creating strong secrets, there is no excuse
   for using weak shared secrets with RADIUS.

   RADIUS implementors SHOULD provide tools for administrators which
   automatically create secure shared secrets.

   Given the insecurity of RADIUS, the absolute minimum acceptable
   security is to use strong shared secrets.  However, TLS-PSK is not
   substantially more complex, and offers significantly increased
   security and privacy.

6.2.  TLS-PSK

   TLS uses certificates in most common uses.  However, we recognize
   that it may be difficult to fully upgrade client implementations to
   allow for certificates to be used with RADIUS/TLS and RADIUS/DTLS.
   It is therefore RECOMMENDED that client implementations allow the use
   of a pre-shared key (TLS-PSK).  The client implementation can then
   expose a flag "TLS yes / no", and then a shared secret (now PSK)
   entry field.

   Any shared secret used for RADIUS/UDP MUST NOT be used for TLS-PSK.

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   Implementations MUST support PSKs of at least 32 octets, and SHOULD
   support PSKs of 64 octets.  Implementations MUST require that PSKs be
   at least 16 octets in length.  That is, short PSKs MUST NOT be
   permitted to be used.

   Administrators SHOULD use PSKs of at least 24 octets, generated using
   a source of secure random numbers.  The script given above can again
   be used.

   We also incorporate by reference the requirements of Section 10.2 of
   [RFC7360] when using PSKs.

6.2.1.  PSK Identities

   [RFC6614] is silent on the subject of PSK identities, which is an
   issue that we correct here.

   The need to manage identities associated with PSK is a new
   requirement for NAS management interfaces, and is a new requirement
   for RADIUS servers.  As such, implementors and operators require

   RADIUS systems implementing TLS-PSK MUST support identities as per
   [RFC4279] Section 5.3, and MUST enable configuring TLS-PSK identities
   in management interfaces as per [RFC4279] Section 5.4.

   A RADIUS client implementing TLS-PSK MUST update their management
   interfaces and application programming interfaces (APIs) to label the
   PSK field as "PSK" or "TLS-PKS, and MUST NOT label the PSK field as
   "shared secret".

   Where dynamic server lookups [RFC7585] are not used, RADIUS clients
   MUST still permit the configuration of a RADIUS server IP address.

   When a RADIUS server implements TLS-PSK, the PSK identity replaces
   the IP address as the logical identifier for a RADIUS client.  RADIUS
   servers MUST be able to look up PSK identity in a subsystem which
   then returns the actual PSK.

   We note that due to NAT, etc. there may be multiple RADIUS clients
   using one public IP address.  RADIUS servers MUST support such a
   configuration, and MUST support unique PSK identities for each client
   which is deployed in such a scenario.

   RADIUS servers SHOULD tie PSK identities to a particular permitted IP
   address or permitted network, as doing so will lower the risk if a
   PSK is leaked.  RADIUS servers MUST permit multiple clients to share
   one permitted IP address or network.

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   A RADIUS server which accepts TLS-PSK MUST support a unique PSK
   identifier per RADIUS client.  There is no reason to use the same
   identifier for multiple clients.  A RADIUS server which accepts TLS-
   PSK MUST have a unique PSK per RADIUS client.

   It is RECOMMENDED that RADIUS clients and server track all used
   shared secrets and PSKs, and then verify that the following
   requirements all hold true:

   *  no shared secret is used for more than one RADIUS client

   *  no PSK is used for more than one RADIUS cleint

   *  no shared secret is used as a PSK

   *  no PSK is used as a shared secret

7.  Privacy Considerations

   The primary focus of this document is addressing privacy
   considerations for RADIUS.

   Deprecating insecure transport for RADIUS, and requiring secure
   transport means that personally identifying information is no longer
   sent "in the clear".  As noted earlier in this document, such
   information can include MAC addresses, user identifiers, and user

8.  Security Considerations

   The primary focus of this document is addressing security
   considerations for RADIUS.

   Deprecating insecure transport for RADIUS, and requiring secure
   transport means that historical and/or future security issues with
   the RADIUS protocol no longer apply.

   Experience has shown that it can be difficult to configure and update
   certificates in a RADIUS environment.  Public Certification
   Authorities (CAs) will not issue certificates specifically for use by
   RADIUS servers.  As for updates, certificates may be valid for many
   years.  By the time a certificate is up for renewal, the people and
   processes responsible for it may have changed.  Which means that
   updating certificates can be a complex and error-prone task.

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   Therefore while [RFC6614] suggested that TLS-PSK was optional, we
   mandate support for TLS-PSK here.  We also correct the omission of
   any discussion related to TLS-PSK identies in that specification, and
   explain how those identities are used on clients and servers.

9.  IANA Considerations

   There are no IANA considerations in this document.

   RFC Editor: This section may be removed before final publication.

10.  Acknowledgements


11.  Changelog

12.  References

12.1.  Normative References

   [BCP14]    Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC
              2119 Key Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174,
              May 2017, <>.

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,

   [RFC2865]  Rigney, C., Willens, S., Rubens, A., and W. Simpson,
              "Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS)",
              RFC 2865, DOI 10.17487/RFC2865, June 2000,

   [RFC4279]  Eronen, P., Ed. and H. Tschofenig, Ed., "Pre-Shared Key
              Ciphersuites for Transport Layer Security (TLS)",
              RFC 4279, DOI 10.17487/RFC4279, December 2005,

   [RFC6421]  Nelson, D., Ed., "Crypto-Agility Requirements for Remote
              Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS)", RFC 6421,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6421, November 2011,

   [RFC8174]  Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC
              2119 Key Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174,
              May 2017, <>.

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12.2.  Informative References

   [RFC1321]  Rivest, R., "The MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm", RFC 1321,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC1321, April 1992,

   [RFC2866]  Rigney, C., "RADIUS Accounting", RFC 2866,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2866, June 2000,

   [RFC2868]  Zorn, G., Leifer, D., Rubens, A., Shriver, J., Holdrege,
              M., and I. Goyret, "RADIUS Attributes for Tunnel Protocol
              Support", RFC 2868, DOI 10.17487/RFC2868, June 2000,

   [RFC3579]  Aboba, B. and P. Calhoun, "RADIUS (Remote Authentication
              Dial In User Service) Support For Extensible
              Authentication Protocol (EAP)", RFC 3579,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC3579, September 2003,

   [RFC5176]  Chiba, M., Dommety, G., Eklund, M., Mitton, D., and B.
              Aboba, "Dynamic Authorization Extensions to Remote
              Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS)", RFC 5176,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC5176, January 2008,

   [RFC5580]  Tschofenig, H., Ed., Adrangi, F., Jones, M., Lior, A., and
              B. Aboba, "Carrying Location Objects in RADIUS and
              Diameter", RFC 5580, DOI 10.17487/RFC5580, August 2009,

   [RFC6151]  Turner, S. and L. Chen, "Updated Security Considerations
              for the MD5 Message-Digest and the HMAC-MD5 Algorithms",
              RFC 6151, DOI 10.17487/RFC6151, March 2011,

   [RFC6218]  Zorn, G., Zhang, T., Walker, J., and J. Salowey, "Cisco
              Vendor-Specific RADIUS Attributes for the Delivery of
              Keying Material", RFC 6218, DOI 10.17487/RFC6218, April
              2011, <>.

   [RFC6613]  DeKok, A., "RADIUS over TCP", RFC 6613,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6613, May 2012,

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   [RFC6614]  Winter, S., McCauley, M., Venaas, S., and K. Wierenga,
              "Transport Layer Security (TLS) Encryption for RADIUS",
              RFC 6614, DOI 10.17487/RFC6614, May 2012,

   [RFC6973]  Cooper, A., Tschofenig, H., Aboba, B., Peterson, J.,
              Morris, J., Hansen, M., and R. Smith, "Privacy
              Considerations for Internet Protocols", RFC 6973,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6973, July 2013,

   [RFC7360]  DeKok, A., "Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) as a
              Transport Layer for RADIUS", RFC 7360,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC7360, September 2014,

   [RFC7585]  Winter, S. and M. McCauley, "Dynamic Peer Discovery for
              RADIUS/TLS and RADIUS/DTLS Based on the Network Access
              Identifier (NAI)", RFC 7585, DOI 10.17487/RFC7585, October
              2015, <>.

Author's Address

   Alan DeKok

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