Network Working Group                                     K. Grewal
Internet Draft                                    Intel Corporation
Intended status: Standards Track                      G. Montenegro
Expires: October 30, 2009                     Microsoft Corporation
                                                          M. Bhatia
                                                     April 30, 2009

                   Wrapped ESP for Traffic Visibility

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   This document describes the Wrapped Encapsulating Security
   Payload (WESP) protocol, which builds on top of ESP [RFC4303]
   and is designed to allow intermediate devices to ascertain if
   ESP-NULL is being employed and hence inspect the IPsec packets
   for network monitoring and access control functions.  Currently
   in the IPsec standard, there is no way to differentiate between
   ESP encryption and ESP NULL encryption by simply examining a
   packet. This poses certain challenges to the intermediate
   devices that need to deep inspect the packet before making a
   decision on what should be done with that packet (Inspect and/or
   Allow/Drop). The mechanism described in this document can be
   used to easily disambiguate ESP-NULL from ESP encrypted packets,
   without compromising on the security provided by ESP.

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction...................................................2
      1.1. Requirements Language.....................................4
      1.2. Applicability Statement...................................4
   2. Wrapped ESP (WESP) Header format...............................4
      2.1. UDP Encapsulation.........................................6
      2.2. Transport and Tunnel Mode Considerations..................7
         2.2.1. Transport Mode Processing............................7
         2.2.2. Tunnel Mode Processing...............................8
      2.3. IKE Considerations........................................9
   3. Security Considerations.......................................10
   4. IANA Considerations...........................................11
   5. Acknowledgments...............................................11
   6. References....................................................11
      6.1. Normative References.....................................11
      6.2. Informative References...................................11

1. Introduction

   Use of ESP within IPsec [RFC4303] specifies how ESP packet
   encapsulation is performed.  It also specifies that ESP can use
   NULL encryption [RFC2410] while preserving data integrity and
   authenticity.  The exact encapsulation and algorithms employed
   are negotiated out-of-band using, for example, IKEv2 [RFC4306]
   and based on policy.

   Enterprise environments typically employ numerous security
   policies (and tools for enforcing them), as related to access
   control, content screening, firewalls, network monitoring
   functions, deep packet inspection, Intrusion Detection and
   Prevention Systems (IDS and IPS), scanning and detection of
   viruses and worms, etc.  In order to enforce these policies,
   network tools and intermediate devices require visibility into
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   packets, ranging from simple packet header inspection to deeper
   payload examination.  Network security protocols which encrypt
   the data in transit prevent these network tools from performing
   the aforementioned functions.

   When employing IPsec within an enterprise environment, it is
   desirable to employ ESP instead of AH [RFC4302], as AH does not
   work in NAT environments. Furthermore, in order to preserve the
   above network monitoring functions, it is desirable to use ESP-
   NULL. In a mixed mode environment some packets containing
   sensitive data employ a given encryption cipher suite, while
   other packets employ ESP-NULL. For an intermediate device to
   unambiguously distinguish which packets are leveraging ESP-NULL,
   they would require knowledge of all the policies being employed
   for each protected session. This is clearly not practical.
   Heuristic-based methods can be employed to parse the packets,
   but these can be very expensive, containing numerous rules based
   on each different protocol and payload.  Even then, the parsing
   may not be robust in cases where fields within a given encrypted
   packet happen to resemble the fields for a given protocol or
   heuristic rule.  This is even more problematic when different
   length Initialization Vectors (IVs), Integrity Check Values
   (ICVs) and padding are used for different security associations,
   making it difficult to determine the start and end of the
   payload data, let alone attempting any further parsing.
   Furthermore, storage, lookup and cross-checking a set of
   comprehensive rules against every packet adds cost to hardware
   implementations and degrades performance. In cases where the
   packets may be encrypted, it is also wasteful to check against
   heuristics-based rules, when a simple exception policy (e.g.,
   allow, drop or redirect) can be employed to handle the encrypted
   packets. Because of the non-deterministic nature of heuristics-
   based rules for disambiguating between encrypted and non-
   encrypted data, an alternative method for enabling intermediate
   devices to function in encrypted data environments needs to be
   defined. Additionally there are many types and classes of
   network devices employed within a given network and a
   deterministic approach would provide a simple solution for all
   these devices. Enterprise environments typically use both
   stateful and stateless packet inspection mechanisms. The
   previous considerations weigh particularly heavy on stateless
   mechanisms such as router ACLs and NetFlow exporters.
   Nevertheless, a deterministic approach provides a simple
   solution for the myriad types of devices employed within a
   network, regardless of their stateful or stateless nature.

   This document defines a mechanism to provide additional
   information in relevant IPsec packets so intermediate devices

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   can efficiently differentiate between encrypted ESP packets and
   ESP packets with NULL encryption.

   The document is consistent with the operation of ESP in NAT
   environments [RFC3947].

   The design principles for this protocol are the following:

   o  Allow easy identification and parsing of integrity-only IPsec

   o  Leverage the existing hardware IPsec parsing engines as much
   as possible to minimize additional hardware design costs

   o  Minimize the packet overhead in the common case

1.1. Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described
   in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

1.2. Applicability Statement

   The document is applicable only to the wrapped ESP header
   defined below, and does not describe any changes to either ESP
   [RFC4303] nor AH [RFC4302].

2. Wrapped ESP (WESP) Header format

   The proposal is to define a protocol number for Wrapped ESP
   encapsulation (WESP), which provides additional attributes in
   each packet to assist in differentiating between encrypted and
   non-encrypted data, as well as aid parsing of the packet. WESP
   follows RFC 4303 for all IPv6 and IPv4 considerations (e.g.,
   alignment considerations).

   This extension essentially acts as a wrapper to the existing ESP
   protocol and provides an additional 4 octets at the front of the
   existing ESP packet.

   This may be depicted as follows:

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  0                   1                   2                   3
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
  |                       Wrapped ESP Header                      |
  |                      Existing ESP Encapsulation               |
  ~                                                               ~
  |                                                               |

                     Figure 1 WESP Packet Format

   By preserving the body of the existing ESP packet format, a
   compliant implementation can simply add in the new header,
   without needing to change the body of the packet. The value of
   the new protocol used to identify this new header is TBD via
   IANA. Further details are shown below:

  0                   1                   2                   3
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
  |    Flags      |  Next Header  |  HdrLen       | TrailerLen    |
  |                      Existing ESP Encapsulation               |
  ~                                                               ~
  |                                                               |

                   Figure 2 Detailed WESP Packet Format


   Flags, 8 bits

       2 bits: Version. Version is set to 0 by the transmitter and
   validated by the receiver. Any modifications to the WESP header
   in the future will require an update in the version number.

       6 bits: reserved for future use.  These MUST be set to zero
   per this specification, but usage may be defined by other

   Note: To provide future compatibility, the version number is
   negotiated by the control channel handshake. An implementation
   compatible with this specification must set the version number
   and the reserved bits to the values specified above when

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   transmitting a packet. On receiving a packet, these values must
   be checked to ensure that they are as indicated above.

   Next Header, 8 bits:  If using ESP-NULL, this field MUST be
   equal to the Next Header field in the ESP trailer. If using ESP
   in encryption mode, this field MUST be set to zero..

   HdrLen, 8 bits: Offset to the beginning of the Payload Data in

   TrailerLen, 8 bits: Offset from the end of the packet to the
   last byte of the payload data in octets.

   As can be seen, this wrapped ESP format extends the standard ESP
   header by the first 4 octets. The WESP header is integrity
   protected, along with all the fields specified for ESP in RFC

2.1. UDP Encapsulation

   This section describes a mechanism for running the new packet
   format over the existing UDP encapsulation of ESP as defined in
   RFC 3948. This allows leveraging the existing IKE negotiation of
   the UDP port for NAT-T discovery and usage [RFC3947], as well as
   preserving the existing UDP ports for ESP (port 4500).  With UDP
   encapsulation, the packet format can be depicted as follows.

  0                   1                   2                   3
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
  |        Src Port (4500)        | Dest Port (4500)              |
  |             Length            |          Checksum             |
  |          Protocol Identifier (value = 0x00000002)             |
  |    Flags      |  Next Header  |  HdrLen       | TrailerLen    |
  |                      Existing ESP Encapsulation               |
  ~                                                               ~
  |                                                               |

                Figure 3 UDP-Encapsulated WESP Header


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   Source/Destination port (4500) and checksum: describes the UDP
   encapsulation header, per RFC3948.

   Protocol Identifier: new field to demultiplex between UDP
   encapsulation of IKE, UDP encapsulation of ESP per RFC 3948, and
   the UDP encapsulation in this specification.

   According to RFC 3948, clause 2.2, a 4 octet value of zero (0)
   immediately following the UDP header indicates a Non-ESP marker,
   which can be used to assume that the data following that value
   is an IKE packet.  Similarly, a value greater then 255 indicates
   that the packet is an ESP packet and the 4-octet value can be
   treated as the ESP SPI. However, RFC 4303, clause 2.1 indicates
   that the values 1-255 are reserved and cannot be used as the
   SPI.  We leverage that knowledge and use one of these reserved
   values to indicate that the UDP encapsulated ESP header contains
   this new packet format for ESP encapsulation.

   The remaining fields in the packet have the same meaning as per
   section 2 above.

2.2. Transport and Tunnel Mode Considerations

   This extension is equally applicable for transport and tunnel
   mode where the ESP Next Header field is used to differentiate
   between these modes, as per the existing IPsec specifications.

2.2.1. Transport Mode Processing

   In transport mode, ESP is inserted after the IP header and before a
   next layer protocol, e.g., TCP, UDP, ICMP, etc. The following
   diagrams illustrate how WESP is applied to the ESP transport mode for
   a typical packet, on a "before and after" basis.

        |orig IP hdr  | ESP |     |      |   ESP   | ESP|
        |(any options)| Hdr | TCP | Data | Trailer | ICV|
                            |<----encryption ----->|
                      |<------- integrity -------->|

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        |orig IP hdr  | WESP | ESP |     |      |   ESP   |WESP|
        |(any options)| Hdr  | Hdr | TCP | Data | Trailer | ICV|
                                   |<---- encryption ---->|
                      |<----------- integrity ----------->|

        | orig |hop-by-hop,dest*,|   |dest|   |    | ESP   | ESP|
        |IP hdr|routing,fragment.|ESP|opt*|TCP|Data|Trailer| ICV|
                                     |<---- encryption --->|
                                 |<------ integrity ------>|

      | orig |hop-by-hop,dest*,|    |   |dest|   |    | ESP   |WESP|
      |IP hdr|routing,fragment.|WESP|ESP|opt*|TCP|Data|Trailer| ICV|
                                        |<---- encryption --->|
                               |<-------- integrity --------->|

               * = if present, could be before WESP, after ESP, or both

   All other considerations are as per RFC 4303.

2.2.2. Tunnel Mode Processing

   In tunnel mode, ESP is inserted after the new IP header and before
   the original IP header, as per RFC 4303. The following diagram
   illustrates how WESP is applied to the ESP tunnel mode for a typical
   packet, on a "before and after" basis.

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       | new IP hdr* |     | orig IP hdr*  |   |    | ESP   | ESP|
       |(any options)| ESP | (any options) |TCP|Data|Trailer| ICV|
                           |<--------- encryption --------->|
                     |<------------- integrity ------------>|

      |new IP hdr*  |    |   | orig IP hdr*  |   |    | ESP   |WESP|
      |(any options)|WESP|ESP| (any options) |TCP|Data|Trailer| ICV|
                             |<--------- encryption --------->|
                    |<--------------- integrity ------------->|

        | new* |new ext |   | orig*|orig ext |   |    | ESP   | ESP|
        |IP hdr| hdrs*  |ESP|IP hdr| hdrs *  |TCP|Data|Trailer| ICV|
                            |<--------- encryption ---------->|
                        |<------------ integrity ------------>|

  | new* |new ext |    |   | orig*|orig ext |   |    | ESP   |WESP|
  |IP hdr| hdrs*  |WESP|ESP|IP hdr| hdrs *  |TCP|Data|Trailer| ICV|
                           |<--------- encryption ---------->|
                  |<--------------- integrity -------------->|

   * = if present, construction of outer IP hdr/extensions and

   modification of inner IP hdr/extensions is discussed in

   the Security Architecture document.

   All other considerations are as per RFC 4303.

2.3. IKE Considerations

   This document assumes that WESP negotiation is performed using
   IKEv2. In order to negotiate the new format of ESP encapsulation

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   via IKEv2 [RFC4306], both parties need to agree to use the new
   packet format. This can be achieved using a notification method
   similar to USE_TRANSPORT_MODE defined in RFC 4306.

   The notification, USE_WESP_MODE (value TBD) MAY be included in a
   request message that also includes an SA payload requesting a
   CHILD_SA using ESP.  It requests that the CHILD_SA use WESP mode
   rather than ESP for the SA created.  If the request is accepted,
   the response MUST also include a notification of type
   USE_WESP_MODE. If the responder declines the request, the
   CHILD_SA will be established using ESP, as per RFC 4303.  If
   this is unacceptable to the initiator, the initiator MUST delete
   the SA.  Note: Except when using this option to negotiate  WESP
   mode, all CHILD_SAs will use standard ESP.

   Negotiation of WESP in this manner preserves all other
   negotiation parameters, including NAT-T [RFC3948]. NAT-T is
   wholly compatible with this wrapped frame format and can be used
   as-is, without any modifications, in environments where NAT is
   present and needs to be taken into account.

3. Security Considerations

   As this document augments the existing ESP encapsulation format,
   UDP encapsulation definitions specified in RFC 3948 and IKE
   negotiation of the new encapsulation, the security observations
   made in those documents also apply here. In addition, as this
   document allows intermediate device visibility into IPsec ESP
   encapsulated frames for the purposes of network monitoring
   functions, care should be taken not to send sensitive data over
   connections using definitions from this document, based on
   network domain/administrative policy. A strong key agreement
   protocol, such as IKE, together with a strong policy engine
   should be used to in determining appropriate security policy for
   the given traffic streams and data over which it is being

   ESP is end-to-end and it will be impossible for the intermediate
   devices to verify that all the fields in the WESP header are
   correct. It is thus possible to tweak the WESP header so that
   the packet sneaks past the firewall if the fields in the WESP
   header are set to something that the firewall will allow. The
   endpoint thus must verify the sanity of the WESP header before
   accepting the packet. In an extreme case, someone colluding with
   the attacker, could change the WESP fields back to the original
   values so that the attack goes unnoticed. However, this is not a
   new problem and it already exists IPSec.

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4. IANA Considerations

   Reserving an appropriate value for this encapsulation as well as
   a new value for the protocol in the IKE negotiation is TBD by

5. Acknowledgments

   The authors would like to acknowledge the following people for
   their feedback on updating the definitions in this document.

   David McGrew, Brian Weis, Philippe Joubert, Brian Swander, Yaron
   Sheffer, Men Long, David Durham, Prashant Dewan, Marc Millier
   among others.

   This document was prepared using 2-Word-v2.0.template.doc.

6. References

6.1. Normative References

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
             Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

   [RFC2410]  Glenn, R. and S. Kent, "The NULL Encryption Algorithm
             and Its Use With IPsec", RFC 2410, November 1998.

   [RFC4303]  Kent, S., "IP Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP)",
             RFC 4303, December 2005.

6.2. Informative References

    [RFC3947]  Kivinen, T., Swander, B., Huttunen, A., and V.
   Volpe, "Negotiation of NAT-Traversal in the IKE", RFC 3947,
   January 2005.

   [RFC3948]  Huttunen, A., Swander, B., Volpe, V., DiBurro, L.,
   and M. Stenberg, "UDP Encapsulation of IPsec ESP Packets", RFC
   3948, January 2005.

   [RFC4302]  Kent, S., "IP Authentication Header", RFC 4302,
   December 2005.

   [RFC4306]  Kaufman, C., "Internet Key Exchange (IKEv2)
   Protocol",  RFC 4306, December 2005.
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Author's Addresses

   Ken Grewal
   Intel Corporation
   2111 NE 25th Avenue, JF3-232
   Hillsboro, OR  97124

   Email: ken.grewal@intel.com

   Gabriel Montenegro
   Microsoft Corporation
   One Microsoft Way
   Redmond, WA  98052

   Email: gabriel.montenegro@microsoft.com

   Manav Bhatia

   Email: manav@alcatel-lucent.com

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