Skip to main content

Security Threats to Simplified Multicast Forwarding (SMF)
RFC 7985

Document Type RFC - Informational (November 2016)
Updates RFC 7186
Authors Jiazi Yi , Thomas H. Clausen , Ulrich Herberg
Last updated 2018-12-20
RFC stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Additional resources Mailing list discussion
IESG Responsible AD Alvaro Retana
Send notices to (None)
RFC 7985
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                             J. Yi
Request for Comments: 7985                                    T. Clausen
Updates: 7186                                        Ecole Polytechnique
Category: Informational                                       U. Herberg
ISSN: 2070-1721                                            November 2016

       Security Threats to Simplified Multicast Forwarding (SMF)


   This document analyzes security threats to Simplified Multicast
   Forwarding (SMF), including vulnerabilities of duplicate packet
   detection and relay set selection mechanisms.  This document is not
   intended to propose solutions to the threats described.

   In addition, this document updates RFC 7186 regarding threats to the
   relay set selection mechanisms using the Mobile Ad Hoc Network
   (MANET) Neighborhood Discovery Protocol (NHDP) (RFC 6130).

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 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 7841.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

Yi, et al.                    Informational                     [Page 1]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (c) 2016 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the
   document authors.  All rights reserved.

   This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal
   Provisions Relating to IETF Documents
   ( in effect on the date of
   publication of this document.  Please review these documents
   carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect
   to this document.  Code Components extracted from this document must
   include Simplified BSD License text as described in Section 4.e of
   the Trust Legal Provisions and are provided without warranty as
   described in the Simplified BSD License.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  SMF Threat Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  Threats to Duplicate Packet Detection . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.1.  Attack on the Hop Limit Field . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.2.  Threats to Identification-Based Duplicate Packet
           Detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
       4.2.1.  Pre-Activation Attacks (Pre-Play) . . . . . . . . . .   7
       4.2.2.  De-activation Attacks (Sequence Number Wrangling) . .   8
     4.3.  Threats to Hash-Based Duplicate Packet Detection  . . . .   9
       4.3.1.  Attack on the Hash-Assistant Value  . . . . . . . . .   9
   5.  Threats to Relay Set Selection  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.1.  Common Threats to Relay Set Selection . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.2.  Threats to the E-CDS Algorithm  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       5.2.1.  Link Spoofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
       5.2.2.  Identity Spoofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     5.3.  Threats to S-MPR Algorithm  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     5.4.  Threats to the MPR-CDS Algorithm  . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   7.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     7.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     7.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15

Yi, et al.                    Informational                     [Page 2]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016

1.  Introduction

   This document analyzes security threats to Simplified Multicast
   Forwarding (SMF) [RFC6621].  SMF aims at providing basic Internet
   Protocol (IP) multicast forwarding in a way that is suitable for
   wireless mesh and Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANET).  SMF consists of
   two major functional components: duplicate packet detection (DPD) and
   relay set selection (RSS).

   SMF is typically used in decentralized wireless environments and is
   potentially exposed to various attacks and misconfigurations.  In a
   wireless environment, some of these attacks and misconfigurations
   represent threats of particular significance as compared to what they
   would do in wired networks.  [RFC6621] briefly discusses several of
   these, but does not define any explicit security measures for
   protecting the integrity of the protocol.

   This document is based on the assumption that no additional security
   mechanism, such as IPsec, is used in the IP layer, as not all MANET
   deployments may be able to support deployment of such common IP
   protection mechanisms (e.g., because MANET routers may have limited
   resources for supporting the IPsec stack).  It also assumes that
   there is no lower-layer protection.  The document analyzes possible
   attacks on, and misconfigurations of, SMF and outlines the
   consequences of such attacks/misconfigurations to the state
   maintained by SMF in each router.

   In the Security Considerations section of [RFC6621], denial-of-
   service-attack scenarios are briefly discussed.  This document
   further analyzes and describes the potential vulnerabilities of, and
   attack vectors for, SMF.  While completeness in such analysis is
   always a goal, no claims of being complete are made.  The goal of
   this document is to be helpful when deploying SMF in a network and
   for understanding the risks incurred, as well as for providing a
   reference to and documented experience with SMF as input for possible
   future developments of SMF.

   This document is not intended to propose solutions to the threats
   described.  [RFC7182] provides a framework that can be used with SMF,
   and depending on how it is used, may offer some degree of protection
   against the threats related to identity spoofing described in this

   This document also updates [RFC7186], specifically with respect to
   threats to relay set selection (RSS) mechanisms that are using MANET
   NHDP [RFC6130].

Yi, et al.                    Informational                     [Page 3]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016

2.  Terminology

   This document uses the terminology and notation defined in [RFC5444],
   [RFC6130], [RFC6621], and [RFC4949].

   Additionally, this document introduces the following terminology:

   SMF router:  A MANET router, running SMF as specified in [RFC6621].

   Attacker:  A device that is present in the network and intentionally
      seeks to compromise the information bases in SMF routers.  It may
      generate syntactically correct SMF control messages.

   Legitimate SMF router:  An SMF router that is correctly configured
      and not compromised by an attacker.

3.  SMF Threat Overview

   An SMF router requires an external dynamic neighborhood discovery
   mechanism in order to maintain suitable topological information
   describing its immediate neighborhood, and thereby allowing it to
   select reduced relay sets for forwarding multicast data traffic.
   Such an external dynamic neighborhood discovery mechanism may be
   provided by lower-layer interface information, by a concurrently
   operating MANET routing protocol that already maintains such
   information (e.g., [RFC7181]) or by explicitly using the MANET
   Neighborhood Discovery Protocol (NHDP) [RFC6130].  If NHDP is used
   for both 1-hop and 2-hop neighborhood discovery by SMF, SMF
   implicitly inherits the vulnerabilities of NHDP discussed in
   [RFC7186].  As SMF relies on NHDP to assist in network-layer 2-hop
   neighborhood discovery (no matter if other lower-layer mechanisms are
   used for 1-hop neighborhood discovery), this document assumes that
   NHDP is used in SMF.  The threats that are NHDP specific are
   indicated explicitly.

   Based on neighborhood discovery mechanisms, [RFC6621] specifies two
   principal functional components: duplicate packet detection (DPD) and
   relay set selection (RSS).

   DPD is required by SMF in order to be able to detect duplicate
   packets and eliminate their redundant forwarding.  An attacker has
   two ways in which to harm the DPD mechanisms.  Specifically, it can:

   o  "deactivate" DPD, making it such that duplicate packets are not
      correctly detected.  As a consequence, they are (redundantly)
      transmitted, which increases the load on the network, drains the
      batteries of the routers involved, etc.

Yi, et al.                    Informational                     [Page 4]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016

   o  "pre-activate" DPD, making DPD detect a later arriving (valid)
      packet as being a duplicate and will, therefore, not be forwarded.

   Attacks on DPD can be achieved by replaying existing packets,
   wrangling sequence numbers, manipulating hash values, etc.; these are
   detailed in Section 4.

   RSS produces a reduced relay set for forwarding multicast data
   packets across a MANET.  For use in SMF, [RFC6621] specifies several
   relay set algorithms including E-CDS (Essential Connected Dominating
   Set) [RFC5614], S-MPR (Source-Based Multipoint Relay, as known from
   [RFC3626] and [RFC7181]), and MPR-CDS (Multipoint Relay Connected
   Dominating Set) [MPR-CDS].  An attacker can disrupt the RSS
   algorithm, and thereby the SMF operation, by degrading it to
   classical flooding or by "masking" certain parts of the network from
   the multicasting domain.  Attacks on RSS algorithms are detailed in
   Section 5.

   Other than the attacks on DPD and RSS, a common vulnerability of
   MANETs is "jamming", i.e., a device generates massive amounts of
   interfering radio transmissions, which will prevent legitimate
   traffic (e.g., control traffic as well as data traffic) on part of a
   network.  The attacks on DPD and RSS can be further enhanced by

4.  Threats to Duplicate Packet Detection

   Duplicate packet detection (DPD) is required for packet dissemination
   in MANETs because: (1) packets may be retransmitted via the same
   physical interface as the one over which they were received, and (2)
   a router may receive multiple copies of the same packet (on the same
   or on different interfaces) from different neighbors.  DPD is thus
   used to check whether or not an incoming packet has been previously

   DPD is achieved by maintaining a record of recently processed
   multicast packets, and comparing later received multicast packets
   herewith.  A duplicate packet detected is silently dropped and is not
   inserted into the forwarding path of that router, nor is it delivered
   to an application.  DPD, as proposed by SMF, supports both IPv4 and
   IPv6 and suggests two duplicate packet detection mechanisms for each:
   1) IP packet header content identification-based DPD (I-DPD), in
   combination with flow state, to estimate temporal uniqueness of a
   packet, and 2) hash-based DPD (H-DPD), employing hashing of selected
   IP packet header fields and payload for the same effect.

Yi, et al.                    Informational                     [Page 5]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016

   In the Security Considerations section of [RFC6621], a selection of
   threats to DPD are briefly introduced.  This section expands on that
   discussion and describes how to effectively launch the attacks on DPD
   -- for example, by way of manipulating jitter and/or the Hash-
   Assistant Value.  In the remainder of this section, common threats to
   packet detection mechanisms are discussed first; then, the threats to
   I-DPD and H-DPD are introduced separately.  The threats described in
   this section are applicable to general SMF implementations,
   regardless of whether NHDP is used.

4.1.  Attack on the Hop Limit Field

   One immediate Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack is based on manipulating
   the Time-to-Live (TTL, for IPv4) or Hop Limit (for IPv6) field.  As
   routers only forward packets with TTL > 1, an attacker can forward an
   otherwise valid packet while drastically reducing the TTL hereof.
   This will inhibit recipient routers from later forwarding the same
   multicast packet, even if received with a different TTL --
   essentially, an attacker can thus instruct its neighbors to block the
   forwarding of valid multicast packets.

   For example, in Figure 1, router A forwards a multicast packet with a
   TTL of 64 to the network.  A, B, and C are legitimate SMF routers,
   and X is an attacker.  In a wireless environment, jitter is commonly
   used to avoid systematic collisions in Media Access Control (MAC)
   protocols [RFC5148].  An attacker can thus increase the probability
   that its invalid packets arrive first by retransmitting them without
   applying jitter.  In this example, router X forwards the packet
   without applying jitter and reduces the TTL to 1.  Router C thus
   records the duplicate detection value (hash value for H-DPD or the
   header content of the packets for I-DPD) but does not forward the
   packet (due to TTL == 1).  When a second copy of the same packet,
   with a non-maliciously manipulated TTL value (63 in this case),
   arrives from router B, it will be discarded as a duplicate packet.

                                 | X |
                               --'---' __
        packet with TTL=64    /          \  packet with TTL=1
                             /            \
                         .---.              .---.
                         | A |              | C |
                         '---'              '---'
        packet with TTL=64   \    .---.   /
                              \-- | B |__/  packet with TTL=63

                                 Figure 1

Yi, et al.                    Informational                     [Page 6]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016

   As the TTL of a packet is intended to be manipulated by
   intermediaries forwarding it, classic methods such as integrity check
   values (e.g., digital signatures) are typically calculated by setting
   TTL fields to some predetermined value (e.g., 0) -- for example, the
   case for IPsec Authentication Headers -- rendering such an attack
   more difficult to both detect and counter.

   If the attacker has access to a "wormhole" through the network (a
   directional antenna, a tunnel to a collaborator, or a wired
   connection, allowing it to bridge parts of a network otherwise
   distant), it can make sure that the packets with such an artificially
   reduced TTL arrive before their unmodified counterparts.

4.2.  Threats to Identification-Based Duplicate Packet Detection

   I-DPD uses a specific DPD identifier in the packet header to identify
   a packet.  By default, such packet identification is not provided by
   the IP packet header (for both IPv4 and IPv6).  Therefore, additional
   identification headers, such as the fragment header, a hop-by-hop
   header option, or IPsec sequencing, must be employed in order to
   support I-DPD.  The uniqueness of a packet can then be identified by
   the source IP address of the packet originator and the sequence
   number (from the fragment header, hop-by-hop header option, or
   IPsec).  By doing so, each intermediate router can keep a record of
   recently received packets and determine whether or not the incoming
   packet has been received.

4.2.1.  Pre-Activation Attacks (Pre-Play)

   In a wireless environment, or across any other shared channel, an
   attacker can perceive the identification tuple (source IP address,
   sequence number) of a packet.  It is possible to generate a packet
   with the same (source IP address, sequence number) pair with invalid
   content.  If the sequence number progression is predictable, then it
   is trivial to generate and inject invalid packets with "future"
   identification information into the network.  If these invalid
   packets arrive before the legitimate packets that they are spoofing,
   the latter will be treated as a duplicate and will be discarded.
   This can prevent multicast packets from reaching parts of the

   Figure 2 gives an example of a pre-activation attack.  A, B, and C
   are legitimate SMF routers, and X is the attacker.  The line between
   the routers presents the packet forwarding.  Router A is the source
   and originates a multicast packet with sequence number n.  When
   router X receives the packet, it generates an invalid packet with the
   source address of A and sequence number n.  If the invalid packet
   arrives at router C before the forwarding of router B, the valid

Yi, et al.                    Informational                     [Page 7]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016

   packet will be dropped by C as a duplicate packet.  An attacker can
   manipulate jitter to make sure that the invalid packets arrive first.
   Router X can even generate packets with future sequence numbers (if
   they are predictable), so that the future legitimate packets with the
   same sequence numbers will be dropped as duplicate ones.

                                 | X |
                               --'---' __
        packet with seq=n     /          \  invalid packet with seq=n
                             /            \
                         .---.              .---.
                         | A |              | C |
                         '---'              '---'
        packet with seq=n    \    .---.   /
                              \-- | B |__/  valid packet with seq=n

                                 Figure 2

   As SMF does not currently have any timestamp mechanisms to protect
   data packets, there is no viable way to detect such pre-play attacks
   by way of timestamps.  Especially, if the attack is based on
   manipulation of jitter, the validation of the timestamp would not be
   helpful because the timing is still valid (but, much less valuable).

4.2.2.  De-activation Attacks (Sequence Number Wrangling)

   An attacker can also seek to de-activate DPD by modifying the
   sequence number in packets that it forwards.  Thus, routers will not
   be able to detect an actual duplicate packet as a duplicate --
   rather, they will treat them as new packets, i.e., process and
   forward them.  This is similar to DoS attacks, as each packet that is
   considered unique will be multicasted: for a network with n routers,
   there will be n-1 retransmissions.  This can easily cause the
   "broadcast storm" problem discussed in [MOBICOM99].  The consequence
   of this attack is an increased channel load, the origin of which
   appears to be a router other than the attacker.

   Given the topology shown in Figure 2, on receiving a packet with
   seq=n, the attacker X can forward the packet with a modified sequence
   number n+i.  This has two consequences: firstly, router C will not be
   able to detect that the packet forwarded by X is a duplicate packet;
   secondly, the consequent packet with seq=n+i generated by router A
   will probably be treated as a duplicate packet and will be dropped by
   router C.

Yi, et al.                    Informational                     [Page 8]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016

4.3.  Threats to Hash-Based Duplicate Packet Detection

   When explicit sequence numbers in packet headers is undesired, hash-
   based DPD can be used.  A hash of the non-mutable fields in the
   header of the data payload can be generated and recorded at the
   intermediate routers.  A packet can thus be uniquely identified by
   the source IP address of the packet and its hash-value.

   The hash algorithm used by SMF is being applied only to provide a
   reduced probability of collision and is not being used for
   cryptographic or authentication purposes.  Consequently, a digest
   collision is still possible.  In case the source router or gateway
   identifies that it has recently generated or injected a packet with
   the same hash-value, it inserts a "Hash-Assist Value (HAV)" IPv6
   header option into the packet, such that also calculating the hash
   over this HAV will render the resulting value unique.

4.3.1.  Attack on the Hash-Assistant Value

   The HAV header is helpful when a digest collision happens.  However,
   it also introduces a potential vulnerability.  As the HAV option is
   only added when the source or the ingress SMF router detects that the
   incoming packet has digest collision with previously generated
   packets, it can actually be regarded as a "flag" of potential digest
   collision.  An attacker can discover the HAV header and be able to
   conclude that a hash collision is possible if the HAV header is
   removed.  By doing so, the modified packet received by other SMF
   routers will be treated as duplicate packets and will be dropped
   because they have the same hash value as previously received packets.

   In the example shown in Figure 3, routers A and B are legitimate SMF
   routers; X is an attacker.  Router A generates two packets, P1 and
   P2, with the same hash value h(P1)=h(P2)=x.  Based on the SMF
   specification, a HAV is added to the latter packet P2, so that
   h(P2+HAV)=x' avoids digest collision.  When the attacker X detects
   the HAV of P2, it is able to conclude that a collision is possible by
   removing the HAV header.  By doing so, packet P2 will be treated as a
   duplicate packet by router B and will be dropped.

              P2            P1                P2         P1
   .---.  h(P2+HAV)=x'    h(P1)=x    .---.  h(P2)=x     h(P1)=x    .---.
   | A |---------------------------> | X | ----------------------> | B |
   `---'                             `---'                         `---'

                                 Figure 3

Yi, et al.                    Informational                     [Page 9]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016

5.  Threats to Relay Set Selection

   A framework for an RSS mechanism, rather than a specific RSS
   algorithm, is provided by SMF.  Relay Set Selection is normally
   achieved by distributed algorithms that can dynamically generate a
   topological Connected Dominating Set based on 1-hop and 2-hop
   neighborhood information.  In this section, common threats to the RSS
   framework are first discussed.  Then specific threats to the three
   algorithms (Essential Connection Dominating Set (E-CDS), Source-Based
   Multipoint Relay (S-MPR), and Multipoint Relay Connected Dominating
   Set (MPR-CDS)) explicitly enumerated by [RFC6621] are analyzed.  As
   the relay set selection is based on 1-hop and 2-hop neighborhood
   information, which rely on NHDP, the threats described in this
   section are NHDP specific.

5.1.  Common Threats to Relay Set Selection

   Non-algorithm-specific threats to RSS algorithms, including DoS
   attacks, eavesdropping, message timing attacks, and broadcast storm,
   are discussed in [RFC7186].

5.2.  Threats to the E-CDS Algorithm

   The "Essential Connected Dominating Set" (E-CDS) algorithm [RFC5614]
   forms a single CDS mesh for an SMF operating region.  This algorithm
   requires 2-hop neighborhood information (the identity of the
   neighbors, the link to the neighbors, and the neighbors' priority
   information), as collected through NHDP or another process.

   An SMF router will select itself as a relay, if:

   o  The SMF router has a higher priority than all of its symmetric
      neighbors, or

   o  A path from the neighbor with the largest priority to any other
      neighbor via neighbors with greater priority than the current
      router does not exist.

   An attacker can disrupt the E-CDS algorithm by link spoofing or
   identity spoofing.

Yi, et al.                    Informational                    [Page 10]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016

5.2.1.  Link Spoofing

   Link spoofing implies that an attacker advertises non-existing links
   to another router (which may or may not be present in the network).

   An attacker can declare itself to have high route priority and spoof
   the links to as many legitimate SMF routers as possible to declare
   high connectivity.  By doing so, it can prevent legitimate SMF
   routers from selecting themselves as relays.  As the "super" relay in
   the network, the attacker can manipulate the traffic it relays.

5.2.2.  Identity Spoofing

   Identity spoofing implies that an attacker determines and makes use
   of the identity of other legitimate routers, without being authorized
   to do so.  The identity of other routers can be obtained by
   eavesdropping the control messages or the source/destination address
   from datagrams.  The attacker can then generate control or datagram
   traffic by pretending to be a legitimate router.

   Because E-CDS self-selection is based on the router priority value,
   an attacker can spoof the identity of other legitimate routers and
   declare a different router priority value.  If it declares that a
   spoofed router has a higher priority, it can prevent other routers
   from selecting themselves as relays.  On the other hand, if the
   attacker declares that a spoofed router has a lower priority, it can
   force other routers to select themselves as relays to degrade the
   multicast forwarding to classical flooding.

5.3.  Threats to S-MPR Algorithm

   The S-MPR set selection algorithm enables individual routers, using
   2-hop topology information, to select relays from among their set of
   neighboring routers.  MPRs are selected by each router such that a
   message generated by it, and relayed only by its MPRs, will reach all
   of its 2-hop neighbors.

   An SMF router forwards a multicast packet if and only if:

   o  the packet has not been received before, and

   o  the neighbor from which the packet was received has selected the
      router as MPR.

   Because MPR calculation is based on the willingness declared by the
   SMF routers and the connectivity of the routers, it can be disrupted
   by both link spoofing and identity spoofing.  These threats and their
   impacts have been illustrated in Section 5.1 of [RFC7186].

Yi, et al.                    Informational                    [Page 11]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016

5.4.  Threats to the MPR-CDS Algorithm

   MPR-CDS is a derivative from S-MPR.  The main difference between
   S-MPR and MPR-CDS is that while S-MPR forms a different broadcast
   tree for each source in the network, MPR-CDS forms a unique broadcast
   tree for all sources in the network.

   As MPR-CDS combines E-CDS and S-MPR and the simple combination of the
   two algorithms does not address the weaknesses; the vulnerabilities
   of E-CDS and S-MPR that are discussed in Sections 5.2 and 5.3 apply
   to MPR-CDS also.

6.  Security Considerations

   This document does not specify a protocol or a procedure.  The whole
   document, however, reflects on security considerations for SMF
   regarding packet dissemination in MANETs.  Possible attacks to the
   two main functional components of SMF, duplicate packet detection,
   and relay set selection are analyzed and documented.

   Although neither [RFC6621] nor this document propose mechanisms to
   secure the SMF protocol, there are several possibilities to secure
   the protocol in the future and drive new work by suggesting which
   threats discussed in the previous sections could be addressed.

   For the I-DPD mechanism, employing randomized packet sequence numbers
   can avoid some pre-activation attacks based on sequence number
   prediction.  If predicable sequence numbers have to be used, applying
   timestamps can mitigate pre-activation attacks.

   For the H-DPD mechanism, applying cryptographically strong hashes can
   make the digest collisions effectively impossible, and it can avoid
   the use of a HAV.

   [RFC7182] specifies a framework for representing cryptographic
   Integrity Check Values (ICVs) and timestamps in MANETs.  Based on
   [RFC7182], [RFC7183] specifies integrity and replay protection for
   NHDP using shared keys as a mandatory-to-implement security
   mechanism.  If SMF is using NHDP as the neighborhood discovery
   protocol, implementing [RFC7183] remains advisable so as to enable
   integrity protection for NHDP control messages.  This can help
   mitigate threats related to identity spoofing through the exchange of
   HELLO messages and provide some general protection against identity
   spoofing by admitting only trusted routers to the network using ICVs
   in HELLO messages.

Yi, et al.                    Informational                    [Page 12]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016

   Using ICVs does not, of course, address the problem of attackers able
   to also generate valid ICVs.  Detection and exclusion of such
   attackers is, in general, a challenge that is not unrelated to how
   [RFC7182] is used.  If, for example, it is used with a shared key (as
   per [RFC7183]), excluding single attackers generally is not aided by
   the use of ICVs.  However, if routers have sufficient capabilities to
   support the use of asymmetric keys (as per [RFC7859]), part of
   addressing this challenge becomes one of providing key revocation in
   a way that does not in itself introduce additional vulnerabilities.

   As [RFC7183] does not protect the integrity of the multicast user
   datagram, and as no mechanism is specified by SMF for doing so,
   duplicate packet detection remains vulnerable to the threats
   introduced in Section 4.

   If pre-activation/de-activation attacks and attacks on the HAV of the
   multicast datagrams are to be mitigated, a datagram-level integrity
   protection mechanism is desired, by taking consideration of the
   identity field or HAV.  However, this would not be helpful for the
   attacks on the TTL (or Hop Limit for IPv6) field, because the mutable
   fields are generally not considered when ICV is calculated.

7.  References

7.1.  Normative References

   [RFC6130]  Clausen, T., Dearlove, C., and J. Dean, "Mobile Ad Hoc
              Network (MANET) Neighborhood Discovery Protocol (NHDP)",
              RFC 6130, DOI 10.17487/RFC6130, April 2011,

   [RFC6621]  Macker, J., Ed., "Simplified Multicast Forwarding",
              RFC 6621, DOI 10.17487/RFC6621, May 2012,

   [RFC7186]  Yi, J., Herberg, U., and T. Clausen, "Security Threats for
              the Neighborhood Discovery Protocol (NHDP)", RFC 7186,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC7186, April 2014,

7.2.  Informative References

              Ni, S., Tseng, Y., Chen, Y., and J. Sheu, "The broadcast
              storm problem in a mobile ad hoc network", MobiCom
              '99 Proceedings of the 5th annual ACM/IEEE international
              conference on Mobile computing and networking,
              DOI 10.1145/313451.313525, 1999.

Yi, et al.                    Informational                    [Page 13]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016

   [MPR-CDS]  Adjih, C., Jacquet, P., and L. Viennot, "Computing
              Connected Dominating Sets with Multipoint Relays", Journal
              of Ad Hoc and Sensor Wireless Networks 2002, January 2002.

   [RFC3626]  Clausen, T., Ed. and P. Jacquet, Ed., "Optimized Link
              State Routing Protocol (OLSR)", RFC 3626,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC3626, October 2003,

   [RFC4949]  Shirey, R., "Internet Security Glossary, Version 2",
              FYI 36, RFC 4949, DOI 10.17487/RFC4949, August 2007,

   [RFC5148]  Clausen, T., Dearlove, C., and B. Adamson, "Jitter
              Considerations in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs)",
              RFC 5148, DOI 10.17487/RFC5148, February 2008,

   [RFC5444]  Clausen, T., Dearlove, C., Dean, J., and C. Adjih,
              "Generalized Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) Packet/Message
              Format", RFC 5444, DOI 10.17487/RFC5444, February 2009,

   [RFC5614]  Ogier, R. and P. Spagnolo, "Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET)
              Extension of OSPF Using Connected Dominating Set (CDS)
              Flooding", RFC 5614, DOI 10.17487/RFC5614, August 2009,

   [RFC7181]  Clausen, T., Dearlove, C., Jacquet, P., and U. Herberg,
              "The Optimized Link State Routing Protocol Version 2",
              RFC 7181, DOI 10.17487/RFC7181, April 2014,

   [RFC7182]  Herberg, U., Clausen, T., and C. Dearlove, "Integrity
              Check Value and Timestamp TLV Definitions for Mobile Ad
              Hoc Networks (MANETs)", RFC 7182, DOI 10.17487/RFC7182,
              April 2014, <>.

   [RFC7183]  Herberg, U., Dearlove, C., and T. Clausen, "Integrity
              Protection for the Neighborhood Discovery Protocol (NHDP)
              and Optimized Link State Routing Protocol Version 2
              (OLSRv2)", RFC 7183, DOI 10.17487/RFC7183, April 2014,

   [RFC7859]  Dearlove, C., "Identity-Based Signatures for Mobile Ad Hoc
              Network (MANET) Routing Protocols", RFC 7859,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC7859, May 2016,

Yi, et al.                    Informational                    [Page 14]
RFC 7985                Security Threats for SMF           November 2016


   The authors would like to thank Christopher Dearlove (BAE Systems
   ATC) who provided detailed review and valuable comments.

Authors' Addresses

   Jiazi Yi
   Ecole Polytechnique
   91128 Palaiseau Cedex

   Phone: +33 1 77 57 80 85

   Thomas Heide Clausen
   Ecole Polytechnique
   91128 Palaiseau Cedex

   Phone: +33 6 6058 9349

   Ulrich Herberg


Yi, et al.                    Informational                    [Page 15]