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Network Working Group                               N. Mavrogiannopoulos
Internet-Draft                                                   Red Hat
Updates: 5208,5958 (if approved)                          March 19, 2018
Intended status: Informational
Expires: September 20, 2018

                Storing validation parameters in PKCS#8


   This memo describes a method of storing parameters needed for private
   key validation in the Private-Key Information Syntax Specification
   Version 1.2 [RFC5208] (PKCS#8) format.

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1.  Introduction

   RSA or DSA private keys generated using the Shawe-Taylor prime
   generation algorithm describled in [FIPS186-4] allow for parameter
   validation, i.e., verify whether the primes are actually prime, and
   were correctly generated.  That is done by generating the parameters
   from a known seed and a selected hash algorithm.

   Storing these parameters in a private key format such as the RSA
   Private Key Syntax from PKCS#1 [RFC8017], or common representations
   for DSA private keys, does not allow attaching information on the
   parameters needed for validation.  The purpose of the document is to
   describe such a method using the Private-Key Information Syntax
   Specification Version 1.2 [RFC5208] format.

2.  Terminology

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

3.  ValidationParams attribute

   The information related to the validation parameters is stored as an
   attribute in the PrivateKeyInfo structure.  The attribute is
   identified by the id-attr-validation-parameters object identifier and
   contains as AttributeValue a single ValidationParams structure.

     id-attr-validation-parameters OBJECT IDENTIFIER ::=
                                              {1 3 6 1 4 1 2312 18 8 1}

     ValidationParams ::= SEQUENCE {
         hashAlgo OBJECT IDENTIFIER,
         seed OCTET STRING

   The algorithm identifier in the ValidationParams should be a hash
   algorithm identifier for the [FIPS186-4] methods.  The
   ValidationParams sequence must be DER encoded [CCITT.X690.2002].

4.  Example Structure

   The following structure contains an RSA key generated using the
   [FIPS186-4] section B.3.3 algorithm with SHA2-384 hash.  The seed
   used is
   (hex encoded).

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   -----BEGIN PRIVATE KEY-----
   -----END PRIVATE KEY-----

5.  Compatibility notes

   For compatibility it is RECOMMENDED that implementations following
   this document, support generation and validation using the SHA2-384
   hash algorithm.

   This document updates both [RFC5958] and PKCS#8 [RFC5208], as the two
   standards are incompatible.  This extension applies to both

6.  Security Considerations

   All the considerations in [RFC5208] apply.

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7.  IANA Considerations


8.  References

8.1.  Normative References

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997, <https://www.rfc-

   [RFC5208]  Kaliski, B., "Public-Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS) #8:
              Private-Key Information Syntax Specification Version 1.2",
              RFC 5208, DOI 10.17487/RFC5208, May 2008,

              International International Telephone and Telegraph
              Consultative Committee, "Abstract Syntax Notation One
              (ASN.1): Specification of basic notation",
              CCITT Recommendation X.680, July 2002.

              International International Telephone and Telegraph
              Consultative Committee, "ASN.1 encoding rules:
              Specification of basic encoding Rules (BER), Canonical
              encoding rules (CER) and Distinguished encoding rules
              (DER)", CCITT Recommendation X.690, July 2002.

              Kerry, C. and P. Gallagher, "FIPS PUB 186-4: Digital
              Signature Standard (DSS)", FEDERAL INFORMATION PROCESSING
              STANDARDS PUBLICATION , July 2013.

   [RFC5958]  Turner, S., "Asymmetric Key Packages", RFC 5958,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC5958, August 2010, <https://www.rfc-

8.2.  Informative References

   [RFC8017]  Moriarty, K., Ed., Kaliski, B., Jonsson, J., and A. Rusch,
              "PKCS #1: RSA Cryptography Specifications Version 2.2",
              RFC 8017, DOI 10.17487/RFC8017, November 2016,

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Appendix A.  Acknowledgements

   The author would like to thank Russ Housley for his comments and for
   the ASN.1 module appendix.

Appendix B.  ASN.1 module

   This appendix provides non-normative ASN.1 definitions for the
   structures described in this specification using ASN.1 as defined in

        { iso(1) identified-organization(3) dod(6) internet(1)
          private(4) enterprise(1) 2312 18 1 1 }



      -- EXPORTS ALL


       FROM PKIX-CommonTypes-2009  --  [RFC5912]
         { iso(1) identified-organization(3) dod(6) internet(1)
           security(5) mechanisms(5) pkix(7) id-mod(0)
           id-mod-pkixCommon-02(57) } ;

      -- PrivateKeyInfo is defined in [RFC5208].
      -- This definition adds the validation parameters attribute
      -- to the set of allowed attributes.

      PrivateKeyInfo ATTRIBUTE ::= {
        at-validation-parameters, ... }

      at-validation-parameters ATTRIBUTE ::= {
        TYPE ValidationParams
        IDENTIFIED BY id-attr-validation-parameters }

      id-attr-validation-parameters OBJECT IDENTIFIER ::=
        { 1 3 6 1 4 1 2312 18 8 1 }

      ValidationParams ::= SEQUENCE {
        hashAlg OBJECT IDENTIFIER,
        seed OCTET STRING }


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Author's Address

   Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos
   Red Hat, Inc.
   Czech Republic

   Email: nmav@redhat.com

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