Crypto Forum (cfrg)

RG Name Crypto Forum
Acronym cfrg
State Active
Charter charter-irtf-cfrg-01 Approved
Dependencies Document dependency graph (SVG)
Additional URLs
- Wiki
- Issue tracker
Personnel Chairs Alexey Melnikov
Kenny Paterson
Mailing list Address
To subscribe
Jabber chat Room address

Charter for Research Group


The Crypto Forum Research Group (CFRG) is a general forum for discussing and reviewing uses of cryptographic mechanisms, both for network security in general and for the IETF in particular.

The CFRG serves as a bridge between theory and practice, bringing new cryptographic techniques to the Internet community and promoting an understanding of the use and applicability of these mechanisms via Informational RFCs (in the tradition of, e.g., RFC 1321 (MD5) and RFC 2104 (HMAC). Our goal is to provide a forum for discussing and analyzing general cryptographic aspects of security protocols, and to offer guidance on the use of emerging mechanisms and new uses of existing mechanisms. IETF working groups developing protocols that include cryptographic elements are welcome to bring questions concerning the protocols to the CFRG for advice.

Meetings and Membership

The CFRG meetings, membership, and mailing list are open to all who wish to participate.


Date Milestone
Mar 2018 Submit "AES-GCM-SIV: Nonce Misuse-Resistant Authenticated Encryption" to IRSG
Feb 2018 Send "ChaCha20 and Poly1305 for IETF Protocols" to IRSG
Sep 2017 Submit "Hash-Based Signatures" to IRSG