Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) H. Tschofenig, Ed. Request for Comments: 7925 ARM Ltd. Category: Standards Track T. Fossati ISSN: 2070-1721 Nokia July 2016 Transport Layer Security (TLS) / Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) Profiles for the Internet of Things Abstract A common design pattern in Internet of Things (IoT) deployments is the use of a constrained device that collects data via sensors or controls actuators for use in home automation, industrial control systems, smart cities, and other IoT deployments. This document defines a Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) 1.2 profile that offers communications security for this data exchange thereby preventing eavesdropping, tampering, and message forgery. The lack of communication security is a common vulnerability in IoT products that can easily be solved by using these well-researched and widely deployed Internet security protocols. Status of This Memo This is an Internet Standards Track document. 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). Further information on Internet Standards is available in 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 http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7925.
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Table of Contents 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2. Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 3. Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 3.1. TLS and DTLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 3.2. Communication Models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 3.3. The Ciphersuite Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 4. Credential Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 4.1. Preconditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 4.2. Pre-Shared Secret . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 4.3. Raw Public Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 4.4. Certificates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 5. Signature Algorithm Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 6. Error Handling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 7. Session Resumption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 8. Compression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 9. Perfect Forward Secrecy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 10. Keep-Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 11. Timeouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 12. Random Number Generation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 13. Truncated MAC and Encrypt-then-MAC Extension . . . . . . . . 40 14. Server Name Indication (SNI) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 15. Maximum Fragment Length Negotiation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 16. Session Hash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 17. Renegotiation Attacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 18. Downgrading Attacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 19. Crypto Agility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 20. Key Length Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 21. False Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 22. Privacy Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 23. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 24. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 24.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 24.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Appendix A. Conveying DTLS over SMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 A.1. Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 A.2. Message Segmentation and Reassembly . . . . . . . . . . . 57 A.3. Multiplexing Security Associations . . . . . . . . . . . 57 A.4. Timeout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Appendix B. DTLS Record Layer Per-Packet Overhead . . . . . . . 59 Appendix C. DTLS Fragmentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
1. Introduction An engineer developing an Internet of Things (IoT) device needs to investigate the security threats and decide about the security services that can be used to mitigate these threats. Enabling IoT devices to exchange data often requires authentication of the two endpoints and the ability to provide integrity and confidentiality protection of exchanged data. While these security services can be provided at different layers in the protocol stack, the use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) / Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) has been very popular with many application protocols, and it is likely to be useful for IoT scenarios as well. Fitting Internet protocols into constrained devices can be difficult, but thanks to the standardization efforts, new profiles and protocols are available, such as the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP) [RFC7252]. CoAP messages are mainly carried over UDP/DTLS, but other transports can be utilized, such as SMS (as described in Appendix A) or TCP (as currently being proposed with [COAP-TCP-TLS]). While the main goal for this document is to protect CoAP messages using DTLS 1.2 [RFC6347], the information contained in the following sections is not limited to CoAP nor to DTLS itself. Instead, this document defines a profile of DTLS 1.2 [RFC6347] and TLS 1.2 [RFC5246] that offers communication security services for IoT applications and is reasonably implementable on many constrained devices. Profile thereby means that available configuration options and protocol extensions are utilized to best support the IoT environment. This document does not alter TLS/DTLS specifications and does not introduce any new TLS/DTLS extension. The main target audience for this document is the embedded system developer configuring and using a TLS/DTLS stack. This document may, however, also help those developing or selecting a suitable TLS/DTLS stack for an IoT product. If you are familiar with (D)TLS, then skip ahead to Section 4. 2. Terminology The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "NOT RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119]. This specification refers to TLS as well as DTLS and particularly to version 1.2, which is the most recent version at the time of writing.
We refer to TLS/DTLS whenever the text is applicable to both versions of the protocol and to TLS or DTLS when there are differences between the two protocols. Note that TLS 1.3 is being developed, but it is not expected that this profile will "just work" due to the significant changes being done to TLS for version 1.3. Note that "client" and "server" in this document refer to TLS/DTLS roles, where the client initiates the handshake. This does not restrict the interaction pattern of the protocols on top of DTLS since the record layer allows bidirectional communication. This aspect is further described in Section 3.2. RFC 7228 [RFC7228] introduces the notion of constrained-node networks, which are made of small devices with severe constraints on power, memory, and processing resources. The terms constrained devices and IoT devices are used interchangeably. The terms "certification authority" (CA) and "distinguished name" (DN) are taken from [RFC5280]. The terms "trust anchor" and "trust anchor store" are defined in [RFC6024] as: A trust anchor represents an authoritative entity via a public key and associated data. The public key is used to verify digital signatures, and the associated data is used to constrain the types of information for which the trust anchor is authoritative. A trust anchor store is a set of one or more trust anchors stored in a device.... A device may have more than one trust anchor store, each of which may be used by one or more applications. 3. Overview 3.1. TLS and DTLS The TLS protocol [RFC5246] provides authenticated, confidentiality- and integrity-protected communication between two endpoints. The protocol is composed of two layers: the Record Protocol and the handshaking protocols. At the lowest level, layered on top of a reliable transport protocol (e.g., TCP), is the Record Protocol. It provides connection security by using symmetric cryptography for confidentiality, data origin authentication, and integrity protection. The Record Protocol is used for encapsulation of various higher-level protocols. The handshaking protocols consist of three subprotocols -- namely, the handshake protocol, the change cipher spec protocol, and the alert protocol. The handshake protocol allows the server and client to authenticate each other and to negotiate an encryption algorithm and cryptographic keys before the application protocol transmits or receives data.
The design of DTLS [RFC6347] is intentionally very similar to TLS. However, since DTLS operates on top of an unreliable datagram transport, it must explicitly cope with the absence of reliable and ordered delivery assumptions made by TLS. RFC 6347 explains these differences in great detail. As a short summary, for those not familiar with DTLS, the differences are: o An explicit sequence number and an epoch field is included in the Record Protocol. Section 4.1 of RFC 6347 explains the processing rules for these two new fields. The value used to compute the Message Authentication Code (MAC) is the 64-bit value formed by concatenating the epoch and the sequence number. o Stream ciphers must not be used with DTLS. The only stream cipher defined for TLS 1.2 is RC4, and due to cryptographic weaknesses, it is not recommended anymore even for use with TLS [RFC7465]. Note that the term "stream cipher" is a technical term in the TLS specification. Section 4.7 of RFC 5246 defines stream ciphers in TLS as follows: "In stream cipher encryption, the plaintext is exclusive-ORed with an identical amount of output generated from a cryptographically secure keyed pseudorandom number generator." o The TLS handshake protocol has been enhanced to include a stateless cookie exchange for Denial-of-Service (DoS) resistance. For this purpose, a new handshake message, the HelloVerifyRequest, was added to DTLS. This handshake message is sent by the server and includes a stateless cookie, which is returned in a ClientHello message back to the server. Although the exchange is optional for the server to execute, a client implementation has to be prepared to respond to it. Furthermore, the handshake message format has been extended to deal with message loss, reordering, and fragmentation. 3.2. Communication Models This document describes a profile of DTLS and, to be useful, it has to make assumptions about the envisioned communication architecture. Two communication architectures (and consequently two profiles) are described in this document.
3.2.1. Constrained TLS/DTLS Clients The communication architecture shown in Figure 1 assumes a unicast communication interaction with an IoT device utilizing a constrained TLS/DTLS client interacting with one or multiple TLS/DTLS servers. Before a client can initiate the TLS/DTLS handshake, it needs to know the IP address of that server and what credentials to use. Application-layer protocols, such as CoAP, which is conveyed on top of DTLS, may be configured with URIs of the endpoints to which CoAP needs to register and publish data. This configuration information (including non-confidential credentials, like certificates) may be conveyed to clients as part of a firmware/software package or via a configuration protocol. The following credential types are supported by this profile: o For authentication based on the Pre-Shared Key (PSK) (see Section 4.2), this includes the paired "PSK identity" and shared secret to be used with each server. o For authentication based on the raw public key (see Section 4.3), this includes either the server's public key or the hash of the server's public key. o For certificate-based authentication (see Section 4.4), this includes a pre-populated trust anchor store that allows the DTLS stack to perform path validation for the certificate obtained during the handshake with the server. Figure 1 shows example configuration information stored at the constrained client for use with respective servers. This document focuses on the description of the DTLS client-side functionality but, quite naturally, the equivalent server-side support has to be available.
+////////////////////////////////////+ | Configuration | |////////////////////////////////////| | Server A --> PSK Identity, PSK | | | | Server B --> Public Key (Server B),| | Public/Private Key | | (for Client) | | | | Server C --> Public/Private Key | | (for Client) | | Trust Anchor Store | +------------------------------------+ oo oooooo o +-----------+ |Constrained| |TLS/DTLS | |Client |- +-----------+ \ \ ,-------. ,' `. +------+ / IP-Based \ |Server| ( Network ) | A | \ / +------+ `. ,' '---+---' +------+ | |Server| | | B | | +------+ | | +------+ +----------------->|Server| | C | +------+ Figure 1: Constrained Client Profile
188.8.131.52. Examples of Constrained Client Exchanges 184.108.40.206.1. Network Access Authentication Example Reuse is a recurring theme when considering constrained environments and is behind a lot of the directions taken in developments for constrained environments. The corollary of reuse is to not add functionality if it can be avoided. An example relevant to the use of TLS is network access authentication, which takes place when a device connects to a network and needs to go through an authentication and access control procedure before it is allowed to communicate with other devices or connect to the Internet. Figure 2 shows the network access architecture with the IoT device initiating the communication to an access point in the network using the procedures defined for a specific physical layer. Since credentials may be managed and stored centrally, in the Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) server, the security protocol exchange may need to be relayed via the Authenticator, i.e., functionality running on the access point to the AAA server. The authentication and key exchange protocol itself is encapsulated within a container, the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) [RFC3748], and messages are conveyed back and forth between the EAP endpoints, namely the EAP peer located on the IoT device and the EAP server located on the AAA server or the access point. To route EAP messages from the access point, acting as a AAA client, to the AAA server requires an adequate protocol mechanism, namely RADIUS [RFC2865] or Diameter [RFC6733]. More details about the concepts and a description about the terminology can be found in RFC 5247 [RFC5247].
+--------------+ |Authentication| |Authorization | |Accounting | |Server | |(EAP Server) | | | +-^----------^-+ * EAP o RADIUS/ * o Diameter --v----------v-- /// \\\ // \\ | Federation | | Substrate | \\ // \\\ /// --^----------^-- * EAP o RADIUS/ * o Diameter +-------------+ +-v----------v--+ | | EAP/EAP Method | | | Internet of |<***************************>| Access Point | | Things | |(Authenticator)| | Device | EAP Lower Layer and |(AAA Client) | | (EAP Peer) | Secure Association Protocol | | | |<--------------------------->| | | | | | | | Physical Layer | | | |<===========================>| | +-------------+ +---------------+ Legend: <****>: Device-to-AAA-Server Exchange <---->: Device-to-Authenticator Exchange <oooo>: AAA-Client-to-AAA-Server Exchange <====>: Physical layer like IEEE 802.11/802.15.4 Figure 2: Network Access Architecture
One standardized EAP method is EAP-TLS, defined in RFC 5216 [RFC5216], which reuses the TLS-based protocol exchange and encapsulates it inside the EAP payload. In terms of reuse, this allows many components of the TLS protocol to be shared between the network access security functionality and the TLS functionality needed for securing application-layer traffic. In the EAP-TLS exchange shown in Figure 3, the IoT device as the EAP peer acts as a TLS client. Authenticating Peer Authenticator ------------------- ------------- <- EAP-Request/ Identity EAP-Response/ Identity (MyID) -> <- EAP-Request/ EAP-Type=EAP-TLS (TLS Start) EAP-Response/ EAP-Type=EAP-TLS (TLS client_hello)-> <- EAP-Request/ EAP-Type=EAP-TLS (TLS server_hello, TLS certificate, [TLS server_key_exchange,] TLS certificate_request, TLS server_hello_done) EAP-Response/ EAP-Type=EAP-TLS (TLS certificate, TLS client_key_exchange, TLS certificate_verify, TLS change_cipher_spec, TLS finished) -> <- EAP-Request/ EAP-Type=EAP-TLS (TLS change_cipher_spec, TLS finished) EAP-Response/ EAP-Type=EAP-TLS -> <- EAP-Success Figure 3: EAP-TLS Exchange
The guidance in this document also applies to the use of EAP-TLS for network access authentication. An IoT device using a network access authentication solution based on TLS can reuse most parts of the code for the use of DTLS/TLS at the application layer, thereby saving a significant amount of flash memory. Note, however, that the credentials used for network access authentication and those used for application-layer security are very likely different. 220.127.116.11.2. CoAP-Based Data Exchange Example When a constrained client uploads sensor data to a server infrastructure, it may use CoAP by pushing the data via a POST message to a preconfigured endpoint on the server. In certain circumstances, this might be too limiting and additional functionality is needed, as shown in Figures 4 and 5, where the IoT device itself runs a CoAP server hosting the resource that is made accessible to other entities. Despite running a CoAP server on the IoT device, it is still the DTLS client on the IoT device that initiates the interaction with the non-constrained resource server in our scenario. Figure 4 shows a sensor starting a DTLS exchange with a resource directory and uses CoAP to register available resources in Figure 5. [CoRE-RD] defines the resource directory (RD) as a web entity that stores information about web resources and implements Representational State Transfer (REST) interfaces for registration and lookup of those resources. Note that the described exchange is borrowed from the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Lightweight Machine-to-Machine (LWM2M) specification [LWM2M] that uses RD but adds proxy functionality. The initial DTLS interaction between the sensor, acting as a DTLS client, and the resource directory, acting as a DTLS server, will be a full DTLS handshake. Once this handshake is complete, both parties have established the DTLS record layer. Subsequently, the CoAP client can securely register at the resource directory. After some time (assuming that the client regularly refreshes its registration), the resource directory receives a request from an application to retrieve the temperature information from the sensor. This request is relayed by the resource directory to the sensor using a GET message exchange. The already established DTLS record layer can be used to secure the message exchange.
Resource Sensor Directory ------ --------- +--- | | ClientHello --------> | #client_certificate_type# F| #server_certificate_type# U| L| <------- HelloVerifyRequest L| | ClientHello --------> D| #client_certificate_type# T| #server_certificate_type# L| S| ServerHello | #client_certificate_type# H| #server_certificate_type# A| Certificate N| ServerKeyExchange D| CertificateRequest S| <-------- ServerHelloDone H| A| Certificate K| ClientKeyExchange E| CertificateVerify | [ChangeCipherSpec] | Finished --------> | | [ChangeCipherSpec] | <-------- Finished +--- Note: Extensions marked with "#" were introduced with RFC 7250. Figure 4: DTLS/CoAP Exchange Using Resource Directory: Part 1 -- DTLS Handshake
Figure 5 shows the DTLS-secured communication between the sensor and the resource directory using CoAP. Resource Sensor Directory ------ --------- [[==============DTLS-Secured Communication===================]] +--- ///+ C| \ D O| Req: POST coap://rd.example.com/rd?ep=node1 \ T A| Payload: \ L P| </temp>;ct=41; \ S | rt="temperature-c";if="sensor", \ R| </light>;ct=41; \ R D| rt="light-lux";if="sensor" \ E | --------> \ C R| \ O E| \ R G| Res: 2.01 Created \ D | <-------- Location: /rd/4521 \ | \ L +--- \ A \ Y * \ E * (time passes) \ R * \ +--- \ P C| \ R O| Req: GET coaps://sensor.example.com/temp \ O A| <-------- \ T P| \ E | Res: 2.05 Content \ C G| Payload: \ T E| 25.5 --------> \ E T| \ D +--- ///+ Figure 5: DTLS/CoAP Exchange Using Resource Directory: Part 2 -- CoAP/RD Exchange Note that the CoAP GET message transmitted from the resource server is protected using the previously established DTLS record layer.
3.2.2. Constrained TLS/DTLS Servers Section 3.2.1 illustrates a deployment model where the TLS/DTLS client is constrained and efforts need to be taken to improve memory utilization, bandwidth consumption, reduce performance impacts, etc. In this section, we assume a scenario where constrained devices run TLS/DTLS servers to secure access to application-layer services running on top of CoAP, HTTP, or other protocols. Figure 6 illustrates a possible deployment whereby a number of constrained servers are waiting for regular clients to access their resources. The entire process is likely, but not necessarily, controlled by a third party, the authentication and authorization server. This authentication and authorization server is responsible for holding authorization policies that govern the access to resources and distribution of keying material.
+////////////////////////////////////+ | Configuration | |////////////////////////////////////| | Credentials | | Client A -> Public Key | | Server S1 -> Symmetric Key | | Server S2 -> Certificate | | Server S3 -> Public Key | | Trust Anchor Store | | Access Control Lists | | Resource X: Client A / GET | | Resource Y: Client A / PUT | +------------------------------------+ oo oooooo o +---------------+ +-----------+ |Authentication | +-------->|TLS/DTLS | |& Authorization| | |Client A | |Server | | +-----------+ +---------------+ ++ ^ | +-----------+ \ | |Constrained| \ ,-------. | Server S1 | ,' `. +-----------+ / Local \ ( Network ) \ / +-----------+ `. ,' |Constrained| '---+---' | Server S2 | | +-----------+ | | +-----------+ +-----------------> |Constrained| | Server S3 | +-----------+ Figure 6: Constrained Server Profile A deployment with constrained servers has to overcome several challenges. Below we explain how these challenges can be solved with CoAP, as an example. Other protocols may offer similar capabilities. While the requirements for the TLS/DTLS protocol profile change only slightly when run on a constrained server (in comparison to running it on a constrained client), several other ecosystem factors will impact deployment.
There are several challenges that need to be addressed: Discovery and Reachability: A client must first and foremost discover the server before initiating a connection to it. Once it has been discovered, reachability to the device needs to be maintained. In CoAP, the discovery of resources offered by servers is accomplished by sending a unicast or multicast CoAP GET to a well- known URI. The Constrained RESTful Environments (CoRE) Link Format specification [RFC6690] describes the use case (see Section 1.2.1) and reserves the URI (see Section 7.1). Section 7 of the CoAP specification [RFC7252] describes the discovery procedure. [RFC7390] describes the use case for discovering CoAP servers using multicast (see Section 3.3) and specifies the protocol processing rules for CoAP group communications (see Section 2.7). The use of RD [CoRE-RD] is yet another possibility for discovering registered servers and their resources. Since RD is usually not a proxy, clients can discover links registered with the RD and then access them directly. Authentication: The next challenge concerns the provisioning of authentication credentials to the clients as well as servers. In Section 3.2.1, we assume that credentials (and other configuration information) are provisioned to the device, and that those can be used with the authorization servers. Of course, this leads to a very static relationship between the clients and their server-side infrastructure but poses fewer challenges from a deployment point of view, as described in Section 2 of [RFC7452]. In any case, engineers and product designers have to determine how the relevant credentials are distributed to the respective parties. For example, shared secrets may need to be provisioned to clients and the constrained servers for subsequent use of TLS/DTLS PSK. In other deployments, certificates, private keys, and trust anchors for use with certificate-based authentication may need to be utilized. Practical solutions use either pairing (also called imprinting) or a trusted third party. With pairing, two devices execute a special protocol exchange that is unauthenticated to establish a shared key (for example, using an unauthenticated Diffie-Hellman (DH) exchange). To avoid man-in-the-middle attacks, an out-of-band channel is used to verify that nobody has tampered
with the exchanged protocol messages. This out-of-band channel can come in many forms, including: * Human involvement by comparing hashed keys, entering passkeys, and scanning QR codes * The use of alternative wireless communication channels (e.g., infrared communication in addition to Wi-Fi) * Proximity-based information More details about these different pairing/imprinting techniques can be found in the Smart Object Security Workshop report [RFC7397] and various position papers submitted on that topic, such as [ImprintingSurvey]. The use of a trusted third party follows a different approach and is subject to ongoing standardization efforts in the Authentication and Authorization for Constrained Environments (ACE) working group [ACE-WG]. Authorization The last challenge is the ability for the constrained server to make an authorization decision when clients access protected resources. Pre-provisioning access control information to constrained servers may be one option but works only in a small scale, less dynamic environment. For a finer-grained and more dynamic access control solution, the reader is referred to the ongoing work in the IETF ACE working group. Figure 7 shows an example interaction whereby a device, a thermostat in our case, searches in the local network for discoverable resources and accesses those. The thermostat starts the procedure using a link-local discovery message using the "All CoAP Nodes" multicast address by utilizing the link format per RFC 6690 [RFC6690]. The IPv6 multicast address used for CoAP link-local discovery is FF02::FD. As a result, a temperature sensor and a fan respond. These responses allow the thermostat to subsequently read temperature information from the temperature sensor with a CoAP GET request issued to the previously learned endpoint. In this example we assume that accessing the temperature sensor readings and controlling the fan requires authentication and authorization of the thermostat and TLS is used to authenticate both endpoints and to secure the communication.
Temperature Thermostat Sensor Fan ---------- --------- --- Discovery --------------------> GET coap://[FF02::FD]/.well-known/core CoAP 2.05 Content <------------------------------- </3303/0/5700>;rt="temperature"; if="sensor" CoAP 2.05 Content <-------------------------------------------------- </fan>;rt="fan";if="actuation" +~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+ \ Protocol steps to obtain access token or keying / \ material for access to the temperature sensor and fan. / +~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+ Read Sensor Data (authenticated/authorized) -------------------------------> GET /3303/0/5700 CoAP 2.05 Content <------------------------------- 22.5 C Configure Actuator (authenticated/authorized) -------------------------------------------------> PUT /fan?on-off=true CoAP 2.04 Changed <------------------------------------------------- Figure 7: Local Discovery and Resource Access
3.3. The Ciphersuite Concept TLS (and consequently DTLS) support ciphersuites, and an IANA registry [IANA-TLS] was created to register the suites. A ciphersuite (and the specification that defines it) contains the following information: o Authentication and key exchange algorithm (e.g., PSK) o Cipher and key length (e.g., Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with 128-bit keys [AES]) o Mode of operation (e.g., Counter with CBC-MAC (CCM) mode for AES) [RFC3610] o Hash algorithm for integrity protection, such as the Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA) in combination with Keyed-Hashing for Message Authentication (HMAC) (see [RFC2104] and [RFC6234]) o Hash algorithm for use with pseudorandom functions (e.g., HMAC with the SHA-256) o Misc information (e.g., length of authentication tags) o Information whether the ciphersuite is suitable for DTLS or only for TLS The TLS ciphersuite TLS_PSK_WITH_AES_128_CCM_8, for example, uses a pre-shared authentication and key exchange algorithm. [RFC6655] defines this ciphersuite. It uses the AES encryption algorithm, which is a block cipher. Since the AES algorithm supports different key lengths (such as 128, 192, and 256 bits), this information has to be specified as well, and the selected ciphersuite supports 128-bit keys. A block cipher encrypts plaintext in fixed-size blocks, and AES operates on a block size of 128 bits. For messages exceeding 128 bits, the message is partitioned into 128-bit blocks, and the AES cipher is applied to these input blocks with appropriate chaining, which is called mode of operation. TLS 1.2 introduced Authenticated Encryption with Associated Data (AEAD) ciphersuites (see [RFC5116] and [RFC6655]). AEAD is a class of block cipher modes that encrypt (parts of) the message and authenticate the message simultaneously. AES-CCM [RFC6655] is an example of such a mode. Some AEAD ciphersuites have shorter authentication tags (i.e., message authentication codes) and are therefore more suitable for networks with low bandwidth where small message size matters. The
TLS_PSK_WITH_AES_128_CCM_8 ciphersuite that ends in "_8" has an 8-octet authentication tag, while the regular CCM ciphersuites have, at the time of writing, 16-octet authentication tags. The design of CCM and the security properties are described in [CCM]. TLS 1.2 also replaced the combination of MD5/SHA-1 hash functions in the TLS pseudorandom function (PRF) used in earlier versions of TLS with ciphersuite-specified PRFs. For this reason, authors of more recent TLS 1.2 ciphersuite specifications explicitly indicate the MAC algorithm and the hash functions used with the TLS PRF.