Cryptographic Algorithm Identifier Allocation for DNSSEC
RFC 6014

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        P. Hoffman
Request for Comments: 6014                                VPN Consortium
Updates: 4033, 4034, 4035                                  November 2010
Category: Standards Track
ISSN: 2070-1721

        Cryptographic Algorithm Identifier Allocation for DNSSEC


   This document specifies how DNSSEC cryptographic algorithm
   identifiers in the IANA registries are allocated.  It changes the
   requirement from "standard required" to "RFC Required".  It does not
   change the list of algorithms that are recommended or required for
   DNSSEC implementations.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   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).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in 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

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1.  Introduction

   [RFC2535] specifies that the IANA registry for DNS Security Algorithm
   Numbers be updated by IETF Standards Action only, with the exception
   of two values -- 253 and 254.  In essence, this means that for an
   algorithm to get its own entry in the registry, the algorithm must be
   defined in an RFC on the Standards Track as defined in [RFC2026].
   The requirement from RFC 2535 is repeated in [RFC3755] and the
   combination of [RFC4033], [RFC4034], and [RFC4035].

   RFC 2535 allows algorithms that are not on the Standards Track to use
   private values 253 and 254 in signatures.  In each case, an
   unregistered private name must be included with each use of the
   algorithm in order to differentiate different algorithms that use the

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2.  Requirements for Assignments in the DNS Security Algorithm Numbers

   This document changes the requirement for registration from requiring
   a Standards Track RFC to requiring a published RFC of any type.
   There are two reasons for relaxing the requirement:

   o  There are some algorithms that are useful that may not be able to
      be in a Standards Track RFC.  For any number of reasons, an
      algorithm might not have been evaluated thoroughly enough to be
      able to be put on the Standards Track.  Another example is that
      the algorithm might have unclear intellectual property rights that
      prevents the algorithm from being put on the Standards Track.

   o  Although the size of the registry is restricted (about 250
      entries), new algorithms are proposed infrequently.  It could
      easily be many decades before there is any reason to consider
      restricting the registry again.

   Some developers will care about the standards level of the RFCs that
   are in the registry.  The registry has been updated to reflect the
   current standards level of each algorithm listed.

   To address concerns about the registry eventually filling up, the
   IETF should re-evaluate the requirements for entry into this registry
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