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Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) Early Authentication Problem Statement
RFC 5836

Document type: RFC - Informational (April 2010)
Document stream: IETF
Last updated: 2013-03-02
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IESG State: RFC 5836 (Informational)
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                           Y. Ohba
Request for Comments: 5836                                       Toshiba
Category: Informational                                       Q. Wu, Ed.
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                   Huawei
                                                            G. Zorn, Ed.
                                                             Network Zen
                                                              April 2010

                Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP)
                 Early Authentication Problem Statement

Abstract

   Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) early authentication may be
   defined as the use of EAP by a mobile device to establish
   authenticated keying material on a target attachment point prior to
   its arrival.  This document discusses the EAP early authentication
   problem in detail.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
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   approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet
   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5836.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
   2. Terminology .....................................................4
   3. Problem Statement ...............................................6
      3.1. Handover Preparation .......................................6
      3.2. Handover Execution .........................................6
           3.2.1. Examples ............................................7
      3.3. Solution Space .............................................7
           3.3.1. Context Transfer ....................................7
           3.3.2. Early Authentication ................................8
   4. System Overview .................................................8
   5. Topological Classification of Handover Scenarios ................9
   6. Models of Early Authentication .................................10
      6.1. EAP Pre-Authentication Usage Models .......................10
           6.1.1. The Direct Pre-Authentication Model ................11
           6.1.2. The Indirect Pre-Authentication Usage Model ........11
      6.2. The Authenticated Anticipatory Keying Usage Model .........13
   7. Architectural Considerations ...................................13
      7.1. Authenticator Discovery ...................................13
      7.2. Context Binding ...........................................14
   8. AAA Issues .....................................................14

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