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Suite B Profile for Internet Protocol Security (IPsec)
RFC 6380

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         K. Burgin
Request for Comments: 6380                      National Security Agency
Category: Informational                                          M. Peck
ISSN: 2070-1721                                    The MITRE Corporation
                                                            October 2011

         Suite B Profile for Internet Protocol Security (IPsec)

Abstract

   The United States Government has published guidelines for "NSA
   Suite B Cryptography" dated July, 2005, which defines cryptographic
   algorithm policy for national security applications.  This document
   specifies the conventions for using Suite B cryptography in IP
   Security (IPsec).

   Since many of the Suite B algorithms are used in other environments,
   the majority of the conventions needed for the Suite B
   algorithms are already specified in other documents.  This document
   references the source of these conventions, with some relevant
   detail repeated to aid developers who choose to support Suite B.

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/rfc6380.

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RFC 6380                      Suite B IPsec                 October 2011

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
   2. Conventions Used in This Document ...............................3
   3. Suite B Requirements ............................................3
   4. Minimum Levels of Security (minLOS) .............................4
      4.1. Non-Signature Primitives ...................................4
      4.2. Suite B IPsec Cryptographic Suites .........................4
      4.3. Suite B IKEv2 Authentication ...............................5
      4.4. Digital Signatures and Certificates ........................6
   5. Suite B Security Associations (SAs) for IKEv2 and IPsec .........6
   6. The Key Exchange Payload in the IKE_SA_INIT Exchange ............7
   7. Generating Keying Material for the IKE SA .......................7
   8. Additional Requirements .........................................7
   9. Security Considerations .........................................8
   10. References .....................................................9
      10.1. Normative References ......................................9
      10.2. Informative References ...................................10

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RFC 6380                      Suite B IPsec                 October 2011

1.  Introduction

   This document specifies the conventions for using NSA Suite B
   Cryptography [SuiteB] in IP Security (IPsec).

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