ACME TLS ALPN Challenge Extension
draft-ietf-acme-tls-alpn-01

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ACME Working Group                                          R. Shoemaker
Internet-Draft                                                      ISRG
Intended status: Standards Track                            May 30, 2018
Expires: December 1, 2018

                   ACME TLS ALPN Challenge Extension
                      draft-ietf-acme-tls-alpn-01

Abstract

   This document specifies a new challenge for the Automated Certificate
   Management Environment (ACME) protocol which allows for domain
   control validation using TLS.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  TLS with Application Level Protocol Negotiation (TLS ALPN)
       Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.1.  acme-tls/1 Protocol Definition  . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   4.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   5.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     5.1.  SMI Security for PKIX Certificate Extension OID . . . . .   6
     5.2.  ALPN Protocol ID  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     5.3.  ACME Validation Method  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   6.  Appendix: Design Rationale  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   7.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   8.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8

1.  Introduction

   The Automatic Certificate Management Environment (ACME)
   [I-D.ietf-acme-acme] standard specifies methods for validating
   control of domain names via HTTP and DNS.  Deployment experience has
   shown it is also useful to be able to validate domain control using
   the TLS layer alone.  In particular, this allows hosting providers,
   CDNs, and TLS-terminating load balancers to validate domain control
   without modifying the HTTP handling behavior of their backends.  This
   separation of layers can improve security and usability of ACME
   validation.

   Early ACME drafts specified two TLS-based challenge types: TLS-SNI-01
   and TLS-SNI-02.  These methods were removed because they relied on
   assumptions about the deployed base of HTTPS hosting providers that
   proved to be incorrect.  Those incorrect assumptions weakened the
   security of those methods and are discussed in the "Design Rationale"
   appendix.

   This document specifies a new TLS-based challenge type, TLS-ALPN-01.
   This challenge requires negotiating a new application-layer protocol
   using the TLS Application-Layer Protocol Negotiation (ALPN) Extension
   [RFC7301].  Because no existing software implements this protocol,
   the ability to fulfill TLS-ALPN-01 challenges is effectively opt-in.
   A service provider must proactively deploy new code in order to
   implement TLS-ALPN-01, so we can specify stronger controls in that
   code, resulting in a stronger validation method.

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2.  Terminology

   In this document, the key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED",
   "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY",
   and "OPTIONAL" are to be interpreted as described in BCP 14, RFC 2119
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