IPsec Channels: Connection Latching
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From: The IESG <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: IETF-Announce <email@example.com> Cc: Internet Architecture Board <firstname.lastname@example.org>, RFC Editor <email@example.com>, btns mailing list <firstname.lastname@example.org>, btns chair <email@example.com> Subject: Protocol Action: 'IPsec Channels: Connection Latching' to Proposed Standard The IESG has approved the following document: - 'IPsec Channels: Connection Latching ' <draft-ietf-btns-connection-latching-11.txt> as a Proposed Standard This document is the product of the Better-Than-Nothing Security Working Group. The IESG contact persons are Tim Polk and Pasi Eronen. A URL of this Internet-Draft is: http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-btns-connection-latching-11.txt
Technical Summary This document specifies, abstractly, how to interface applications and transport protocols with IPsec so as to create "channels" by latching "connections" (packet flows) to certain IPsec Security Association (SA) parameters for the lifetime of the connections. Connection latching is layered on top of IPsec and does not modify the underlying IPsec architecture. Connection latching can be used to protect applications against accidentally exposing live packet flows to unintended peers, whether as the result of a reconfiguration of IPsec or as the result of using weak peer identity to peer address associations. Weak association of peer ID and peer addresses is at the core of Better Than Nothing Security (BTNS), thus connection latching can add a significant measure of protection to BTNS IPsec nodes. Finally, the availability of IPsec channels will make it possible to use channel binding to IPsec channels. Working Group Summary This document is a product of the Better Than Nothing Security (BTNS) working group. Document Quality A version of Connection Latching is implemented in OpenSolaris. The document has been reviewed by Daniel McDonald who worked on the Connection Latching implementation in OpenSolaris. Personnel The Document Shepherd for this document is Julien Laganier (BTNS WG co-chair). The Responsible Area Director is Tim Polk (Security Area Director).