Suite B Profile for Transport Layer Security (TLS)
RFC 6460

Document Type RFC - Informational (January 2012; Errata)
Obsoletes RFC 5430
Was draft-salter-rfc5430bis (individual in sec area)
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         M. Salter
Request for Comments: 6460                      National Security Agency
Obsoletes: 5430                                               R. Housley
Category: Informational                                   Vigil Security
ISSN: 2070-1721                                             January 2012

           Suite B Profile for Transport Layer Security (TLS)

Abstract

   The United States government has published guidelines for "NSA Suite
   B Cryptography" that define cryptographic algorithm policy for
   national security applications.  This document defines a profile of
   Transport Layer Security (TLS) version 1.2 that is fully compliant
   with 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
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   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

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Salter & Housley              Informational                     [Page 1]
RFC 6460                     Suite B for TLS                January 2012

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
   2. Conventions Used in This Document ...............................3
   3. Suite B Requirements ............................................3
      3.1. Minimum Levels of Security (minLOS) for Suite B TLS ........4
      3.2. Suite B TLS Authentication .................................5
   4. Suite B Compliance and Interoperability Requirements ............5
      4.1. Acceptable Curves ..........................................6
      4.2. Certificates ...............................................7
      4.3. signature_algorithms Extension .............................7
      4.4. CertificateRequest Message .................................8
      4.5. CertificateVerify Message ..................................8
      4.6. ServerKeyExchange Message Signature ........................8
   5. Security Considerations .........................................8
   6. Acknowledgments .................................................9
   7. References ......................................................9
      7.1. Normative References .......................................9
      7.2. Informative References ....................................10
   Annex A. A Transitional Suite B Profile for TLS 1.1 and 1.0 .......11
   Annex B. Changes since RFC 5430 ...................................13

1.  Introduction

   This document specifies the conventions for using National Security
   Agency (NSA) Suite B Cryptography [SuiteB] with the Transport Layer
   Security (TLS) protocol, and the Datagram Transport Layer Security
   (DTLS) protocol.

   This document does not define any new cipher suites; instead, it
   defines a Suite B compliant profile for use with TLS version 1.2
   [RFC5246], DTLS version 1.2 [RFC6347], and the cipher suites defined
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