TCP-ENO: Encryption Negotiation Option
draft-ietf-tcpinc-tcpeno-08

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Network Working Group                                          A. Bittau
Internet-Draft                                                    Google
Intended status: Experimental                                  D. Giffin
Expires: September 8, 2017                           Stanford University
                                                              M. Handley
                                               University College London
                                                             D. Mazieres
                                                     Stanford University
                                                                E. Smith
                                                       Kestrel Institute
                                                           March 7, 2017

                 TCP-ENO: Encryption Negotiation Option
                      draft-ietf-tcpinc-tcpeno-08

Abstract

   Despite growing adoption of TLS [RFC5246], a significant fraction of
   TCP traffic on the Internet remains unencrypted.  The persistence of
   unencrypted traffic can be attributed to at least two factors.
   First, some legacy protocols lack a signaling mechanism (such as a
   "STARTTLS" command) by which to convey support for encryption, making
   incremental deployment impossible.  Second, legacy applications
   themselves cannot always be upgraded, requiring a way to implement
   encryption transparently entirely within the transport layer.  The
   TCP Encryption Negotiation Option (TCP-ENO) addresses both of these
   problems through a new TCP option kind providing out-of-band, fully
   backward-compatible negotiation of encryption.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Requirements language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.1.  Design goals  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  TCP-ENO specification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.1.  ENO option  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.2.  The global suboption  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     4.3.  TCP-ENO roles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     4.4.  Specifying suboption data length  . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     4.5.  The negotiated TEP  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     4.6.  TCP-ENO handshake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     4.7.  Data in SYN segments  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     4.8.  Negotiation transcript  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   5.  Requirements for TEPs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     5.1.  Session IDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   6.  Examples  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   7.  Design rationale  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
     7.1.  Future developments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
     7.2.  Handshake robustness  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
     7.3.  Suboption data  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
     7.4.  Passive role bit  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
     7.5.  Use of ENO option kind by TEPs  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
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