Suite B in Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME)
RFC 6318

Document Type RFC - Informational (June 2011; No errata)
Obsoletes RFC 5008
Was draft-housley-rfc5008bis (individual in sec area)
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        R. Housley
Request for Comments: 6318                                Vigil Security
Obsoletes: 5008                                               J. Solinas
Category: Informational                         National Security Agency
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                June 2011

    Suite B in Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME)

Abstract

   This document specifies the conventions for using the United States
   National Security Agency's Suite B algorithms in Secure/Multipurpose
   Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) as specified in RFC 5751.  This
   document obsoletes RFC 5008.

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/rfc6318.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
      1.1. Terminology ................................................4
      1.2. ASN.1 ......................................................4
      1.3. Suite B Security Levels ....................................4
   2. SHA-256 and SHA-384 Message Digest Algorithms ...................5
   3. ECDSA Signature Algorithm .......................................6
   4. Key Management ..................................................7
      4.1. ECDH Key Agreement Algorithm ...............................7
      4.2. AES Key Wrap ...............................................8
      4.3. Key Derivation Functions ...................................9
   5. AES CBC Content Encryption .....................................11
   6. Security Considerations ........................................12
   7. References .....................................................13
      7.1. Normative References ......................................13
      7.2. Informative References ....................................14

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1.  Introduction

   The Fact Sheet on National Security Agency (NSA) Suite B Cryptography
   [NSA] states:

      A Cryptographic Interoperability Strategy (CIS) was developed to
      find ways to increase assured rapid sharing of information both
      within the U.S. and between the U.S. and her partners through the
      use of a common suite of public standards, protocols, algorithms
      and modes referred to as the "Secure Sharing Suite" or S.3.  The
      implementation of CIS will facilitate the development of a broader
      range of secure cryptographic products which will be available to
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