Network Working Group                                         F. Adrangi
Internet-Draft                                                     Intel
Expires: June 29, 2005                                           A. Lior
                                                     Bridgewater Systems
                                                             J. Korhonen
                                                             J. Loughney
                                                       December 29, 2004

                        Chargeable User Identity

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   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2004).


   This document describes a new RADIUS attribute,
   Chargeable-User-Identity.  This attribute can be used by a home

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   network to identify a user for the purpose of roaming transactions
   that occur outside of the home network.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     1.1   Motivation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     1.2   Terminology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   2.  Operation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     2.1   Chargeable-User-Identity (CUI) Attribute . . . . . . . . .  5
   3.  Attribute Table  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   4.  Diameter RADIUS Interoperability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   5.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     5.1   CUI RADIUS Attribute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     5.2   Error-Cause Attribute  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   6.  Security considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   7.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   8.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
     8.1   Normative references . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
     8.2   Informative references . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
   Intellectual Property and Copyright Statements . . . . . . . . . . 11

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1.  Introduction

   Some authentication methods, including EAP-PEAP,  EAP-TTLS, EAP-SIM
   and EAP-AKA, can hide the true identity of the user from RADIUS
   servers outside of the user's home network.  In these methods, the
   User-Name(1) attribute contains an anonymous identity (e.g., sufficient to route the RADIUS packets to the home
   network but otherwise insufficient to identify the user.  While this
   mechanism is good practice in some circumstances, there are problems
   if local and intermediate networks require a user identity in order
   to enforce usage policies.

   For example, local or intermediate networks may limit the number of
   simultaneous sessions for specific users; they may require a
   chargeable-user-identity in order to demonstrate willingness to pay
   or otherwise limit the potential for fraud.

   This implies that an authenticated and unique identity provided by
   the home network should be able to be conveyed to all parties
   involved in the roaming transaction for correlating the
   authentication and accounting packets.

   Providing a unique identity, called the Chargeable-User-Identity
   (CUI) to intermediaries, is necessary to fulfill certain business
   needs.  This should not undermine the anonymity of the user.  The
   mechanism provided by this draft allows the home operator to meet
   these business requirements by providing a temporary identity
   representing the subscriber and at the same time protecting the
   anonymity of the subscriber.

1.1  Motivation

   Several organizations, including WISPr, GSMA, 3GPP, Wi-Fi Alliance,
   IRAP, have been studying mechanisms to provide roaming services,
   using RADIUS.  A mechanism for providing the current deployments with
   the capacity to deploy, bill and oversee WPA networks against fraud.

   The CUI attribute has been designed to close operational loopholes in
   RADIUS specifications that have impacted roaming solutions
   negatively, especially when tunneled protocols with multiple
   identities, such as PEAP or TTLS, are used.  Use of the CUI is geared
   to multi-identity EAP authentications which are, for the most part,
   recent deployments.  A chargeable identity reflecting the user
   profile authenticated by the home network is needed in such roaming

   The CUI support by RADIUS infrastructure is driven by the business
   requirements between roaming entities.  Therefore whether a RADIUS

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   server/proxy or client accepts or rejects the presence or lack of
   presence of the CUI attribute is a matter of business policy.

   Some other mechanisms have been proposed in place of the CUI
   attribute.  These mechanisms are insufficient or cause other
   problems.  It has been suggested that standard RADIUS Class(25) or
   User-Name(1) attributes could be used to indicate the
   Chargeable-User-Identity.  However, in a complex global roaming
   environment where there could be one or more intermediaries between
   the NAS and the home RADIUS server, the use of aforementioned
   attributes could lead to problems as described below.

      - On use of RADIUS Class(25) attribute:

      [RFC2865] states: "This Attribute is available to be sent by the
      server to the client in an Access-Accept and SHOULD be sent
      unmodified by the client to the accounting server as part of the
      Accounting-Request packet if accounting is supported.  The client
      MUST NOT interpret the attribute locally."  So RADIUS clients or
      intermediaries MUST NOT interpret the Class(25) attribute, which
      precludes determining whether it contains a CUI.  Additionally,
      there could be multiple class attributes in a RADIUS packet with
      unspecified ordering, which makes it hard to the entities outside
      home network to determine which one contains the CUI.

      - On use of RADIUS User-Name(1) attribute:

      The home network could use User-Name(1) in the Access-Accept
      message to convey the CUI to intermediaries and the NAS.  However,
      as the Access-Accept packet is routed to the NAS, the User-Name(1)
      attribute could be (completely) rewritten by an intermediary and
      therefore the NAS or other intermediaries along the way will not
      have access to the CUI.  Furthermore, the NAS may use the original
      value of the User-Name(1) attribute (the one sent in the
      Access-Request packet) in the Accounting-Request packets to ensure
      the billing follows the same path as authentication packets.

   The CUI attribute provides a solution to the above problem and avoids
   overloading the use of current RADIUS attributes (e.g., User-Name(1)
   re-write).  The CUI is the correct standards-based approach to fixing
   the problems which have arisen with multiple-identity RADIUS
   authorization and accounting methods.  It does not solve all related
   problems, but does provide networks the ability to bill and oversee
   WPA networks against fraud.  When the home network assigns a value to
   the CUI, it asserts that this value represents a user in the home
   network.  The assertion should be temporary.  Long enough to be
   useful for the external applications and not too long such that it
   can be used to identify the user.

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1.2  Terminology

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

      3GPP - Third Generation Partnership Program
      AAA - Authentication, Authorization and Accounting
      CUI - Chargeable-User-Identity
      GSMA - GSM Association
      IRAP -  International Roaming Access Protocols Program
      NAS - Network Access Server
      PEAP - Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol
      TTLS - Tunneled Transport Layer Security
      WISPr - Wireless ISP Roaming
      WPA -  Wi-Fi Protected Access

2.  Operation

   This document assumes that the RADIUS protocol operates as specified
   in [RFC2865], [RFC2866], dynamic authorization as specified in
   [RFC3576], and the Diameter protocol as specified in [RFC3588].

2.1  Chargeable-User-Identity (CUI) Attribute

   This attribute serves as an alias to the user's real identity.  It is
   provided by the home network as a suplemental or alternative
   information to User-Name(1).  RADIUS clients (proxy or NAS) outside
   the home network MUST NOT modify the CUI attribute.

   In accordance to business policies, the RADIUS server (a RADIUS
   proxy, home RADIUS server) may include the CUI attribute in the
   Access-Accept message destined to a roaming partner.

   If an Access-Accept message without the CUI attribute was received by
   a RADIUS client (NAS or Proxy) that requires the presence of the CUI
   attribute, then the Access-Accept message MAY be treated as an
   Access-Reject message based on local policies.

   If the CUI was included in the Access-Accept message, RADIUS client
   (Proxy or NAS) that supports the CUI attribute MUST ensure that the
   CUI attribute appears in the RADIUS Accounting-Request (Start,
   Interim, and Stop).

   RADIUS client (Proxy or NAS) that does not support the CUI attribute
   MAY ignore this attribute or MAY treat the Access-Accept as

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   If RADIUS client (Proxy or NAS) requires the presence of the CUI
   attribute in the Access-Accept, it MUST indicate its requirement by
   including this attribute with a nul character for its data field
   (hereafter, it is also referred to as a nul CUI) in the
   Access-Request message.

   If a home RADIUS server that supports the CUI attribute receives an
   Access-Request containing a nul CUI, it MUST include the CUI
   attribute in the Access-Accept.  Otherwise, if the Access-Request
   does not contain a null CUI, the home RADIUS server MUST NOT include
   the CUI attribute in the Access-Accept.

   A RADIUS server (a RADIUS proxy or the home RADIUS server) that
   requires the presence of the CUI in the Accounting-Response messages
   (Start, Stop, Interims) MAY respond with an Access-Reject message if
   it receives an Access-Request messsage from a RADIUS client, or proxy
   chain that does not support the CUI attribute.  The Access-Reject
   message MUST include Error-Cause attribute [RFC3576] with value
   (to-be-defined) (decimal), "CUI-Support-Required".

   If the NAS supports CUI attribute then the CUI attribute MAY also be
   used as one of the identity attribute in Disconnect Message and
   Change of Authorization messages defined by [RFC3576].  Determination
   of NAS support for the CUI is outside the scope of this document.

   A summary of the RADIUS CUI Attribute is given below.

     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
      |     Type      |    Length     | String...

   Type: TBD for Chargeable-User-Identity.

   Length: >= 3


      The string identifies the CUI of the end-user and is of type
      UTF8String.  This string value is a reference to a particular
      user.  The format and the interpretation of the string value , and
      the binding lifetime of the reference to the user is determined
      based on business agreements.  For example, the lifetime can be
      set to one billing period.  In cases where the attribute is used
      to indicate the NAS support for the CUI, the string value contains
      a nul character.

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3.  Attribute Table

   The following table provides a guide to which attribute(s) may be
   found in which kinds of packets, and in what quantity.

   Request Accept Reject Challenge Accounting  #  Attribute
     0-1     0-1     0       0        0-1       TBD   Chargeable-User-identity
     0       0       0-1     0        0         101   Error-Cause

   [Note 1] If the Access-Accept contains CUI then the NAS MUST include
   the CUI in Accounting Requests (Start, Interim and Stop) packets.

   [Note 2] The Error-Cause attribute is defined in [RFC3576].

   Change of Authorization and Disconnect-Request
   Request      ACK      NAK   #    Attribute
      0-1       0        0     TBD  Chargeable-User-Identity

   [Note 3] Where CUI attribute is included in Disconnect-Request or
   CoA-Request messages, it is used for session identification purposes
   only.  This attribute MUST NOT be used for purposes other than
   identification (e.g.  within CoA-Request messages to request
   authorization changes).

4.  Diameter RADIUS Interoperability

   In deployments with both RADIUS and Diameter interworking, a
   translation agent will be deployed and operate in accordance to the
   NASREQ specification.

5.  IANA Considerations

5.1  CUI RADIUS Attribute

   This document uses the RADIUS [RFC2865] namespace, see
   "".  This document
   instructs IANA to assign a new RADIUS attribute number for the CUI

         CUI               TBA

5.2  Error-Cause Attribute

   This document instructs IANA to assign a new Error-Cause attribute

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         "CUI-Support-Required"     TBA

6.  Security considerations

   The CUI attribute must be protected against Man-in-the-Middle
   attacks.  The CUI appears in Access-Accept and Accounting-Requests
   packets and is protected by the mechanisms that are defined for
   RADIUS [RFC2865] and [RFC2866].  Therefore there are no additional
   security considerations beyond those already identified in [RFC2865]
   and [RFC2866].

   Message-Authenticator(80) and Event-Timestamp(55) can be used to
   further protect against Man-in-the-middle attacks.

   It is strongly recommended that the CUI form used is such that the
   real user identity is not revealed.  Furthermore, where a reference
   is used to a real user identity, the binding lifetime of that
   reference to the real user be kept as short as possible.

7.  Acknowledgements

   The authors would like to thank Jari Arkko, Bernard Aboba, David
   Nelson, Barney Wolff, Blair Bullock, Sami Ala-Luukko, Lothar Reith,
   David Mariblanca, Eugene Chang, Greg Weber, and Mark Grayson, for
   their feedback and guidance.

8.  References

8.1  Normative references

   [RFC2865]  Rigney, C., Willens, S., Rubens, A. and W. Simpson,
              "Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS)", RFC
              2865, June 2000.

   [RFC2866]  Rigney, C., "RADIUS Accounting", RFC 2866, June 2000.

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

              Aboba, B., Beadles, M., Arkko, J. and P. Eronen, "The
              Network Access Identifier",
              draft-arkko-roamops-rfc2486bis-02 (work in progress), July

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8.2  Informative references

   [RFC3576]  Chiba, M., Dommety, G., Eklund, M., Mitton, D. and B.
              Aboba, "Dynamic Authorization Extensions to Remote
              Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS)", RFC 3576,
              July 2003.

   [RFC3588]  Calhoun, P., Loughney, J., Guttman, E., Zorn, G. and J.
              Arkko, "Diameter Base Protocol", RFC 3588, September 2003.

Authors' Addresses

   Farid Adrangi
   Intel Corporation
   2111 N.E. 25th Avenue
   Hillsboro, OR  97124

   Phone: +1 503-712-1791

   Avi Lior
   Bridgewater Systems Corporation
   303 Terry Fox Drive
   Ottawa, Ontario  K2K 3J1

   Phone: +1 613-591-9104

   Jouni Korhonen
   Teliasonera Corporation
   P.O.Box 970
   FIN-00051,   Sonera

   Phone: +358405344455

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   John Loughney
   Itamerenkatu 11-13
   FIN-00180,   Helsinki

   Phone: +358504836342

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