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2008-03-18 17:02:49
Charles Clancy <> scribbled on :


From Bernard's "walled garden" LC comments, I've created the
following issue below in the issue tracker.

Some of us don't subscribe to the IETF list (due to the extremely poor
S/N ratio).  Someone did forward me Bernard's original message & to me
it appears to fall squarely into the N category (either that or it is an
early April 1 RFC candidate).  I understand, though, that it is actually
receiving serious discussion on the IETF list, so I'm happy that you are
bringing some of that discussion to this forum.  Of course, common
courtesy would have required that the WG the work of which is being
disparaged in outrageous fashion be included in the discussion but
courtesy seems to be in short supply.
EMSK: applicability statement, scope

The EMSK document, as-is, allows (or more precisely does not
disallow) for broader use of keys than it should.  

That may be somebody's claim; however, RFC 3748 says:

   Extended Master Session Key (EMSK)
      Additional keying material derived between the EAP client and
      server that is exported by the EAP method.  The EMSK is at least
      64 octets in length.  The EMSK is not shared with the
      authenticator or any other third party.  The EMSK is reserved for
      future uses that are not defined yet.

This doesn't appear to me to constrain the uses of the EMSK;
furthermore, since Bernard is not just one of the authors of 3748 but
also a co-Chair of the working group that published it, it seems like
the time & place to constrain the usage of the EMSK would have been
during the drafting of the RFC and in the eap WG.  

There could
be interoperability issues if applications require
EAP-generated keys, breaking the layering of the Internet protocol

What does that mean?  How can _keys_ cause layer violations?

Some sort of statement regarding applicability and scoping of
derived keys is necessary for this document.

t. charles clancy, ph.d.       
electrical & computer engineering, university of maryland
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