An IKEv2 Extension for Supporting ERP

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Network Working Group                                             Y. Nir
Internet-Draft                                               Check Point
Intended status: Standards Track                                   Q. Wu
Expires: May 22, 2012                                             Huawei
                                                       November 19, 2011

                 An IKEv2 Extension for Supporting ERP


   This document describes an extension to the IKEv2 protocol that
   allows an IKE Security Association (SA) to be created and
   authenticated using the EAP Re-authentication Protocol extension as
   described in RFC 5296 and its bis document.

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1.  Introduction

   IKEv2, as specified in [RFC5996], allows authentication of the
   initiator using an EAP method.  This is described in section 2.16.
   Using EAP significantly increases the count of round-trips required
   to establish the IPsec SA, and also may require user interaction.
   This makes it inconvenient to allow a single remote access client to
   create multiple IPsec tunnels with multiple IPsec gateways that
   belong to the same domain.

   The EAP Re-authentication Protocol (ERP), as descripted in
   [RFC5296bis], allows an EAP peer to authenticate to multiple
   authenticators, while performing the full EAP method only once.
   Subsequent authentications require fewer round-trips and no user

   Bringing these two technologies together allows a remote access IPsec
   client to create multiple tunnels with different gateways that belong
   to a single domain, as well as using the keys from other contexts of
   using EAP, such as network access within the same domain, to
   transparently connect to VPN gateways within this domain.

1.1.  Conventions Used in This Document

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

2.  Usage Scenarios

   Several scenarios motivated this proposal:
   o  Multiple tunnels for a single remote access VPN client.  Suppose a
      company has offices in New York City, Paris, and Shanghai.  For
      historical reasons, the email server is located in the Paris
      office, while most of the servers hosting the company's intranet
      are located in Shanghai, and the finance department servers are in
      NYC.  An employee using remote access VPN may need to connect to
      servers from all three locations.  While it is possible to connect
      to a single gateway, and have that gateway route the requests to
      the other gateways (perhaps through site-2-site VPN), this is not
      efficient, and it is more desirable to have the client initiate
      three different tunnels.  It is, however, not desirable to have
      the user type in a password three times.
   o  Roaming.  In these days of mobile phones and tablets, users often
      move from the wireless LAN in their office, where access may be
      granted through 802.1x, to a cellular network where VPN is
      necessary and back again.  Both the VPN server and the 802.1x

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      access point are authenticators that connect to the same AAA
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