TLS 1.3 Extension for Certificate-based Authentication with an External Pre-Shared Key
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Network Working Group                                         R. Housley
Internet-Draft                                            Vigil Security
Intended status: Standards Track                           March 1, 2018
Expires: September 2, 2018

TLS 1.3 Extension for Certificate-based Authentication with an External
                             Pre-Shared Key
            draft-housley-tls-tls13-cert-with-extern-psk-00

Abstract

   This document specifies a TLS 1.3 extension that allows a server to
   authenticate with a combination of a certificate and an external pre-
   shared key (PSK).

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1.  Introduction

   The TLS 1.3 [I-D.ietf-tls-tls13] handshake protocol provides two
   mutually exclusive forms of server authentication.  First, the server
   can be authenticated by providing a signature certificate and
   demonstrating that it possesses the corresponding private key by
   creating a valid digital signature.  Second, the server can be
   authenticated by demonstrating that it possesses a pre-shared key
   (PSK) that was established by a previous handshake.  A PSK that is
   established in this fashion is called a resumption PSK.  A PSK that
   is established by any other means is called an external PSK.  This
   document specifies a TLS 1.3 extension permitting certificate-based
   server authentication to be combined with an external PSK as an input
   to the TLS 1.3 key schedule.

   The invention of a large-scale quantum computer would pose a serious
   challenge for the cryptographic algorithms that are widely deployed
   today, including the digital signature algorithms that are used to
   authenticate the server in the TLS 1.3 handshake protocol.  It is an
   open question whether or not it is feasible to build a large-scale
   quantum computer, and if so, when that might happen.  However, if
   such a quantum computer is invented, many of the cryptographic
   algorithms and the security protocols that use them would become
   vulnerable.

   The TLS 1.3 handshake protocol employs key agreement algorithms that
   could be broken by the invention of a large-scale quantum computer
   [I-D.hoffman-c2pq].  These algorithms include Diffie-Hellman (DH)
   [DH] and Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman (ECDH) [IEEE1363].  As a
   result, an adversary that stores a TLS 1.3 handshake protocol
   exchange today could decrypt the associated encrypted communications
   in the future when a large-scale quantum computer becomes available.

   In the near-term, this document describes TLS 1.3 extension to
   protect today's communications from the future invention of a large-
   scale quantum computer by providing a strong external PSK as an input
   to the TLS 1.3 key schedule while preserving the authentication
   provided by the existing certificate and digital signature
   mechanisms.

2.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "NOT RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and
   "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.

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3.  Extension Overview

   This section provides a brief overview of the
   "tls_cert_with_extern_psk" extension.
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