Practical Considerations and Implementation Experiences in Securing Smart Object Networks
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Light-Weight Implementation Guidance                            M. Sethi
Internet-Draft                                                  J. Arkko
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                                                                   Nokia
                                                       February 26, 2018

  Practical Considerations and Implementation Experiences in Securing
                         Smart Object Networks
                   draft-ietf-lwig-crypto-sensors-06

Abstract

   This memo describes challenges associated with securing resource-
   constrained smart object devices.  The memo describes a possible
   deployment model where resource-constrained devices sign message
   objects, discusses the availability of cryptographic libraries for
   resource-constrained devices and presents some preliminary
   experiences with those libraries for message signing on resource-
   constrained devices.  Lastly, the memo discusses trade-offs involving
   different types of security approaches.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Related Work  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Challenges  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  Proposed Deployment Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.1.  Provisioning  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.2.  Protocol Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   5.  Code Availability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   6.  Implementation Experiences  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   7.  Example Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   8.  Design Trade-Offs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
     8.1.  Feasibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
     8.2.  Freshness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
     8.3.  Layering  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
     8.4.  Symmetric vs. Asymmetric Crypto . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
   9.  Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
   10. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
   11. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
   12. Informative references  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
   Appendix A.  Acknowledgments  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  34
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  34

1.  Introduction

   This memo describes challenges associated with securing smart object
   devices in constrained implementations and environments.  In
   Section 3 we specifically discuss three challenges: the
   implementation difficulties encountered on resource-constrained
   platforms, the problem of provisioning keys and making the choice of
   implementing security at the appropriate layer.

   Section 4 discusses a potential deployment model for constrained
   environments.  The model requires minimal amount of configuration,
   and we believe it is a natural fit with the typical communication
   practices in smart object networking environments.

   Section 5 discusses the availability of cryptographic libraries.
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