Elliptic Curve Groups modulo a Prime (ECP Groups) for IKE and IKEv2
RFC 5903

 
Document Type RFC - Informational (June 2010; Errata)
Obsoletes RFC 4753
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                             D. Fu
Request for Comments: 5903                                    J. Solinas
Obsoletes: 4753                                                      NSA
Category: Informational                                        June 2010
ISSN: 2070-1721

  Elliptic Curve Groups modulo a Prime (ECP Groups) for IKE and IKEv2

Abstract

   This document describes three Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC)
   groups for use in the Internet Key Exchange (IKE) and Internet Key
   Exchange version 2 (IKEv2) protocols in addition to previously
   defined groups.  These groups are based on modular arithmetic rather
   than binary arithmetic.  These groups are defined to align IKE and
   IKEv2 with other ECC implementations and standards, particularly NIST
   standards.  In addition, the curves defined here can provide more
   efficient implementation than previously defined ECC groups.  This
   document obsoletes RFC 4753.

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
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents
   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/rfc5903.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
   2. Requirements Terminology ........................................4
   3. Additional ECC Groups ...........................................4
      3.1. 256-Bit Random ECP Group ...................................4
      3.2. 384-Bit Random ECP Group ...................................5
      3.3. 521-Bit Random ECP Group ...................................6
   4. Security Considerations .........................................7
   5. Alignment with Other Standards ..................................7
   6. IANA Considerations .............................................7
   7. ECP Key Exchange Data Formats ...................................8
   8. Test Vectors ....................................................9
      8.1. 256-Bit Random ECP Group ...................................9
      8.2. 384-Bit Random ECP Group ..................................10
      8.3. 521-Bit Random ECP Group ..................................11
   9. Changes from RFC 4753 ..........................................13
   10. References ....................................................13
      10.1. Normative References .....................................13
      10.2. Informative References ...................................14

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1.  Introduction

   This document describes default Diffie-Hellman groups for use in IKE
   and IKEv2 in addition to the Oakley Groups included in [IKE] and the
   additional groups defined since [IANA-IKE].  This document assumes
   that the reader is familiar with the IKE protocol and the concept of
   Oakley Groups, as defined in RFC 2409 [IKE].

   RFC 2409 [IKE] defines five standard Oakley Groups: three modular
   exponentiation groups and two elliptic curve groups over GF[2^N].
   One modular exponentiation group (768 bits - Oakley Group 1) is
   mandatory for all implementations to support, while the other four
   are optional.  Nineteen additional groups subsequently have been
   defined and assigned values by IANA.  All of these additional groups
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