Negotiated Finite Field Diffie-Hellman Ephemeral Parameters for TLS
draft-ietf-tls-negotiated-ff-dhe-03

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  Negotiated Finite Field Diffie-Hellman Ephemeral Parameters for TLS
                  draft-ietf-tls-negotiated-ff-dhe-03

Abstract

   Traditional finite-field-based Diffie-Hellman (DH) key exchange
   during the TLS handshake suffers from a number of security,
   interoperability, and efficiency shortcomings.  These shortcomings
   arise from lack of clarity about which DH group parameters TLS
   servers should offer and clients should accept.  This document offers
   a solution to these shortcomings for compatible peers by using a
   section of the TLS "EC Named Curve Registry" to establish common
   finite-field DH parameters with known structure and a mechanism for
   peers to negotiate support for these groups.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.1.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.2.  Vocabulary  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  Named Group Overview  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Client Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   4.  Server Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   5.  Optimizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     5.1.  Checking the Peer's Public Key  . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     5.2.  Short Exponents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     5.3.  Table Acceleration  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   6.  Operational Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     6.1.  Preference Ordering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   7.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   8.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   9.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     9.1.  Negotiation resistance to active attacks  . . . . . . . .   9
     9.2.  Group strength considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     9.3.  Finite-Field DHE only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     9.4.  Deprecating weak groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     9.5.  Choice of groups  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     9.6.  Timing attacks  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     9.7.  Replay attacks from non-negotiated FFDHE  . . . . . . . .  12
     9.8.  Forward Secrecy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   10. Privacy Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     10.1.  Client fingerprinting  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   11. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     11.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     11.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     11.3.  URIs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   Appendix A.  Named Group Registry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     A.1.  ffdhe2432 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     A.2.  ffdhe3072 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     A.3.  ffdhe4096 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
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