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Last Call Review of draft-ietf-cellar-ebml-13

Request Review of draft-ietf-cellar-ebml
Requested revision No specific revision (document currently at 17)
Type Last Call Review
Team Security Area Directorate (secdir)
Deadline 2019-11-07
Requested 2019-10-24
Authors Steve Lhomme, Dave Rice , Moritz Bunkus
I-D last updated 2019-10-31
Completed reviews Secdir Last Call review of -09 by Valery Smyslov (diff)
Genart Last Call review of -09 by Robert Sparks (diff)
Genart Last Call review of -13 by Robert Sparks (diff)
Secdir Last Call review of -13 by Valery Smyslov (diff)
Opsdir Last Call review of -13 by Shwetha Bhandari (diff)
Genart Telechat review of -14 by Robert Sparks (diff)
Assignment Reviewer Valery Smyslov
State Completed
Request Last Call review on draft-ietf-cellar-ebml by Security Area Directorate Assigned
Posted at
Reviewed revision 13 (document currently at 17)
Result Ready
Completed 2019-10-31
Reviewer: Valery Smyslov	
Review result: Ready

I have reviewed this document as part of the security directorate's 
ongoing effort to review all IETF documents being processed by the 
IESG.  These comments were written primarily for the benefit of the 
security area directors.  Document editors and WG chairs should treat 
these comments just like any other last call comments.

The draft describes an Extensible Binary Meta Language (EBML)
format, that is a generalized file format for any type of data. As such
the EBML itself doesn't include any mechanisms providing
security services, besides marginal integrity check via crc32,
that is optional and limited in use. The EBML relies on external
mechanisms that would provide security services. 

The Security Considerations section describes various issues 
that the EBML implementations should take into consideration 
even in the presence of external cryptographic protection.
The list of issues seems to be quite exhaustive for the EBML.

I previously reviewed the -09 version of the draft.
Comparing with the -09 version the Security 
Considerations section in the -13 version is expanded a bit,
making the described security issues more clear.