Network Working Group H. Tschofenig Request for Comments: 4230 Siemens Category: Informational R. Graveman RFG Security December 2005 RSVP Security Properties Status of This Memo This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited. Copyright Notice Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2005).
AbstractThis document summarizes the security properties of RSVP. The goal of this analysis is to benefit from previous work done on RSVP and to capture knowledge about past activities.
1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2. Terminology and Architectural Assumptions . . . . . . . . . 3 3. Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 3.1. The RSVP INTEGRITY Object . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 3.2. Security Associations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 3.3. RSVP Key Management Assumptions . . . . . . . . . . . 8 3.4. Identity Representation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3.5. RSVP Integrity Handshake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 4. Detailed Security Property Discussion . . . . . . . . . . . 15 4.1. Network Topology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 4.2. Host/Router . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 4.3. User to PEP/PDP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 4.4. Communication between RSVP-Aware Routers . . . . . . . 28 5. Miscellaneous Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 5.1. First-Hop Issue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 5.2. Next-Hop Problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 5.3. Last-Hop Issue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 5.4. RSVP- and IPsec-protected data traffic . . . . . . . . 34 5.5. End-to-End Security Issues and RSVP . . . . . . . . . 36 5.6. IPsec protection of RSVP signaling messages . . . . . 36 5.7. Authorization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 6. Conclusions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 7. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 8. Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 9. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 9.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 9.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 A. Dictionary Attacks and Kerberos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 B. Example of User-to-PDP Authentication . . . . . . . . . . . 45 C. Literature on RSVP Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Section 2 introduces the terminology used throughout the document. Section 3 provides an overview of the security mechanisms provided by RSVP including the INTEGRITY object, a description of the identity representation within the POLICY_DATA object (i.e., user authentication), and the RSVP Integrity Handshake mechanism. Section 4 provides a more detailed discussion of the mechanisms used and tries to describe in detail the mechanisms provided. Several miscellaneous issues are covered in Section 5. RSVP also supports multicast, but this document does not address security aspects for supporting multicast QoS signaling. Multicast is currently outside the scope of the NSIS working group. Although a variation of RSVP, namely RSVP-TE, is used in the context of MPLS to distribute labels for a label switched path, its usage is different from the usage scenarios envisioned for NSIS. Hence, this document does not address RSVP-TE or its security properties. 1] heavily rely on optional hop-by-hop protection, using the built-in INTEGRITY object. Hop-by-hop security with the INTEGRITY object inside the RSVP message thereby refers to the protection between RSVP- supporting network elements. Additionally, there is the notion of policy-aware nodes that understand the POLICY_DATA element within the RSVP message. Because this element also includes an INTEGRITY object, there is an additional hop-by-hop security mechanism that provides security between policy-aware nodes. Policy-ignorant nodes are not affected by the inclusion of this object in the POLICY_DATA element, because they do not try to interpret it.
To protect signaling messages that are possibly modified by each RSVP router along the path, it must be assumed that each incoming request is authenticated, integrity protected, and replay protected. This provides protection against bogus messages injected by unauthorized nodes. Furthermore, each RSVP-aware router is assumed to behave in the expected manner. Outgoing messages transmitted to the next-hop network element receive new protection according to RSVP security processing. Using the mechanisms described above, a chain-of-trust is created whereby a signaling message that is transmitted by router A via router B and received by router C is supposed to be secure if routers A and B and routers B and C share security associations and all routers behave as expected. Hence, router C trusts router A although router C does not have a direct security association with router A. We can therefore conclude that the protection achieved with this hop-by-hop security for the chain-of-trust is no better than the weakest link in the chain. If one router is malicious (for example, because an adversary has control over this router), then it can arbitrarily modify messages, cause unexpected behavior, and mount a number of attacks that are not limited to QoS signaling. Additionally, it must be mentioned that some protocols demand more protection than others (which depends, in part, on which nodes are executing these protocols). For example, edge devices, where end-users are attached, may be more likely to be attacked in comparison with the more secure core network of a service provider. In some cases, a network service provider may choose not to use the RSVP-provided security mechanisms inside the core network because a different security protection is deployed. Section 6 of  mentions the term chain-of-trust in the context of RSVP integrity protection. In Section 6 of  the same term is used in the context of user authentication with the INTEGRITY object inside the POLICY_DATA element. Unfortunately, the term is not explained in detail and the assumptions behind it are not clearly specified. o Host and User Authentication: The presence of RSVP protection and a separate user identity representation leads to the fact that both user-identity and host- identity are used for RSVP protection. Therefore, user-based security and host-based security are covered separately, because of the different authentication mechanisms provided. To avoid confusion about the different concepts, Section 3.4 describes the concept of user authentication in more detail.
o Key Management: It is assumed that most of the security associations required for the protection of RSVP signaling messages are already available, and hence key management was done in advance. There is, however, an exception with respect to support for Kerberos. Using Kerberos, an entity is able to distribute a session key used for RSVP signaling protection. o RSVP INTEGRITY and POLICY_DATA INTEGRITY Objects: RSVP uses an INTEGRITY object in two places in a message. The first is in the RSVP message itself and covers the entire RSVP message as defined in . The second is included in the POLICY_DATA object and defined in . To differentiate the two objects by their scope of protection, the two terms RSVP INTEGRITY and POLICY_DATA INTEGRITY object are used, respectively. The data structure of the two objects, however, is the same. o Hop versus Peer: In the past, the terminology for nodes addressed by RSVP has been discussed considerably. In particular, two favorite terms have been used: hop and peer. This document uses the term hop, which is different from an IP hop. Two neighboring RSVP nodes communicating with each other are not necessarily neighboring IP nodes (i.e., they may be more than one IP hop away). Section 10 of , the other security mechanisms primarily envisioned for RSVP are described.
recent sequence number). Setting this flag to one indicates that the sender is willing to respond to an Integrity Challenge message. This flag can therefore be seen as a negotiation capability transmitted within each INTEGRITY object. o Key Identifier: The Key Identifier selects the key used for verification of the Keyed Message Digest field and, hence, must be unique for the sender. It has a fixed 48-bit length. The generation of this Key Identifier field is mostly a decision of the local host.  describes this field as a combination of an address, sending interface, and key number. We assume that the Key Identifier is simply a (keyed) hash value computed over a number of fields, with the requirement to be unique if more than one security association is used in parallel between two hosts (e.g., as is the case with security associations having overlapping lifetimes). A receiving system uniquely identifies a security association based on the Key Identifier and the sender's IP address. The sender's IP address may be obtained from the RSVP_HOP object or from the source IP address of the packet if the RSVP_HOP object is not present. The sender uses the outgoing interface to determine which security association to use. The term "outgoing interface" may be confusing. The sender selects the security association based on the receiver's IP address (i.e., the address of the next RSVP-capable router). The process of determining which node is the next RSVP-capable router is not further specified and is likely to be statically configured. o Sequence Number: The sequence number used by the INTEGRITY object is 64 bits in length, and the starting value can be selected arbitrarily. The length of the sequence number field was chosen to avoid exhaustion during the lifetime of a security association as stated in Section 3 of . In order for the receiver to distinguish between a new and a replayed message, the sequence number must be monotonically incremented (modulo 2^64) for each message. We assume that the first sequence number seen (i.e., the starting sequence number) is stored somewhere. The modulo- operation is required because the starting sequence number may be an arbitrary number. The receiver therefore only accepts packets with a sequence number larger (modulo 2^64) than the previous packet. As explained in  this process is started by handshaking and agreeing on an initial sequence number. If no such handshaking is available then the initial sequence number must be part of the establishment of the security association.
The generation and storage of sequence numbers is an important step in preventing replay attacks and is largely determined by the capabilities of the system in the presence of system crashes, failures, and restarts. Section 3 of  explains some of the most important considerations. However, the description of how the receiver distinguishes proper from improper sequence numbers is incomplete: it implicitly assumes that gaps large enough to cause the sequence number to wrap around cannot occur. If delivery in order were guaranteed, the following procedure would work: the receiver keeps track of the first sequence number received, INIT-SEQ, and the most recent sequence number received, LAST-SEQ, for each key identifier in a security association. When the first message is received, set INIT-SEQ = LAST-SEQ = value received and accept. When a subsequent message is received, if its sequence number is strictly between LAST-SEQ and INIT-SEQ, (modulo 2^64), accept and update LAST-SEQ with the value just received. If it is between INIT-SEQ and LAST-SEQ, inclusive, (modulo 2^64), reject and leave the value of LAST-SEQ unchanged. Because delivery in order is not guaranteed, the above rules need to be combined with a method of allowing a fixed sized window in the neighborhood of LAST-SEQ for out-of-order delivery, for example, as described in Appendix C of . o Keyed Message Digest: The Keyed Message Digest is a security mechanism built into RSVP that used to provide integrity protection of a signaling message (including its sequence number). Prior to computing the value for the Keyed Message Digest field, the Keyed Message Digest field itself must be set to zero and a keyed hash computed over the entire RSVP packet. The Keyed Message Digest field is variable in length but must be a multiple of four octets. If HMAC-MD5 is used, then the output value is 16 bytes long. The keyed hash function HMAC-MD5  is required for an RSVP implementation, as noted in Section 1 of . Hash algorithms other than MD5 , like SHA-1 , may also be supported. The key used for computing this Keyed Message Digest may be obtained from the pre-shared secret, which is either manually distributed or the result of a key management protocol. No key management protocol, however, is specified to create the desired security associations. Also, no guidelines for key length are given. It should be recommended that HMAC-MD5 keys be 128 bits and SHA-1 keys 160 bits, as in IPsec AH  and ESP .
1]: o Authentication algorithm and algorithm mode o Key o Key Lifetime o Sending Interface o Latest sequence number (received with this key identifier) The receiving system has to store the following fields: o Authentication algorithm and algorithm mode o Key o Key Lifetime o Source address of the sending system o List of last n sequence numbers (received with this key identifier) Note that the security associations need to have additional fields to indicate their state. It is necessary to have overlapping lifetimes of security associations to avoid interrupting an ongoing communication because of expired security associations. During such a period of overlapping lifetime it is necessary to authenticate with either one or both active keys. As mentioned in , a sender and a receiver may have multiple active keys simultaneously. If more than one algorithm is supported, then the algorithm used must be specified for a security association. RFC 2205  assumes that security associations are already available. An implementation must support manual key distribution as noted in Section 5.2 of . Manual key distribution, however, has different requirements for key storage; a simple plaintext ASCII file may be sufficient in some cases. If multiple security associations with different lifetimes need to be supported at the same time, then
a key engine would be more appropriate. Further security requirements listed in Section 5.2 of  are the following: o The manual deletion of security associations must be supported. o The key storage should persist during a system restart. o Each key must be assigned a specific lifetime and a specific Key Identifier. 2]. Section 2 of  states that "Providing policy based admission control mechanism based on user identities or application is one of the prime requirements." To identify the user or the application, a policy element called AUTH_DATA, which is contained in the POLICY_DATA object, is created by the RSVP daemon at the user's host and transmitted inside the RSVP message. The structure of the POLICY_DATA element is described in . Network nodes acting as policy decision points (PDPs) then use the information contained in the AUTH_DATA element to authenticate the user and to allow policy-based admission control to be executed. As mentioned in , the policy element is processed and the PDP replaces the old element with a new one for forwarding to the next hop router. A detailed description of the POLICY_DATA element can be found in . The attributes contained in the authentication data policy element AUTH_DATA, which is defined in , are briefly explained in this Section. Figure 1 shows the abstract structure of the RSVP message with its security-relevant objects and the scope of protection. The RSVP INTEGRITY object (outer object) covers the entire RSVP message, whereas the POLICY_DATA INTEGRITY object only covers objects within the POLICY_DATA element.
+--------------------------------------------------------+ | RSVP Message | +--------------------------------------------------------+ | Object |POLICY_DATA Object || | +-------------------------------------------+| | | INTEGRITY +------------------------------+|| | | Object | AUTH_DATA Object ||| | | +------------------------------+|| | | | Various Authentication ||| | | | Attributes ||| | | +------------------------------+|| | +-------------------------------------------+| +--------------------------------------------------------+ Figure 1: Security Relevant Objects and Elements within the RSVP Message. The AUTH_DATA object contains information for identifying users and applications together with credentials for those identities. The main purpose of these identities seems to be usage for policy-based admission control and not authentication and key management. As noted in Section 6.1 of , an RSVP message may contain more than one POLICY_DATA object and each of them may contain more than one AUTH_DATA object. As indicated in Figure 1 and in , one AUTH_DATA object may contain more than one authentication attribute. A typical configuration for Kerberos-based user authentication includes at least the Policy Locator and an attribute containing the Kerberos session ticket. Successful user authentication is the basis for executing policy- based admission control. Additionally, other information such as time-of-day, application type, location information, group membership, etc. may be relevant to the implementation of an access control policy. The following attributes are defined for use in the AUTH_DATA object: o Policy Locator * ASCII_DN * UNICODE_DN * ASCII_DN_ENCRYPT * UNICODE_DN_ENCRYPT
The policy locator string is an X.500 distinguished name (DN) used to locate user or application-specific policy information. The four types of X.500 DNs are listed above. The first two types are the ASCII and the Unicode representation of the user or application DN identity. The two "encrypted" distinguished name types are either encrypted with the Kerberos session key or with the private key of the user's digital certificate (i.e., digitally signed). The term "encrypted together with a digital signature" is easy to misconceive. If user identity confidentiality is provided, then the policy locator has to be encrypted with the public key of the recipient. How to obtain this public key is not described in the document. This detail may be specified in a concrete architecture in which RSVP is used. o Credentials Two cryptographic credentials are currently defined for a user: authentication with Kerberos V5 , and authentication with the help of digital signatures based on X.509  and PGP . The following list contains all defined credential types currently available and defined in : +--------------+--------------------------------+ | Credential | Description | | Type | | +===============================================| | ASCII_ID | User or application identity | | | encoded as an ASCII string | +--------------+--------------------------------+ | UNICODE_ID | User or application identity | | | encoded as a Unicode string | +--------------+--------------------------------+ | KERBEROS_TKT | Kerberos V5 session ticket | +--------------+--------------------------------+ | X509_V3_CERT | X.509 V3 certificate | +--------------+--------------------------------+ | PGP_CERT | PGP certificate | +--------------+--------------------------------+ Figure 2: Credentials Supported in RSVP. The first two credentials contain only a plaintext string, and therefore they do not provide cryptographic user authentication. These plaintext strings may be used to identify applications, that are included for policy-based admission control. Note that these plain-text identifiers may, however, be protected if either the RSVP INTEGRITY or the
INTEGRITY object of the POLICY_DATA element is present. Note that the two INTEGRITY objects can terminate at different entities depending on the network structure. The digital signature may also provide protection of application identifiers. A protected application identity (and the entire content of the POLICY_DATA element) cannot be modified as long as no policy-ignorant nodes are encountered in between. A Kerberos session ticket, as previously mentioned, is the ticket of a Kerberos AP_REQ message  without the Authenticator. Normally, the AP_REQ message is used by a client to authenticate to a server. The INTEGRITY object (e.g., of the POLICY_DATA element) provides the functionality of the Kerberos Authenticator, namely protecting against replay and showing that the user was able to retrieve the session key following the Kerberos protocol. This is, however, only the case if the Kerberos session was used for the keyed message digest field of the INTEGRITY object. Section 7 of  discusses some issues for establishment of keys for the INTEGRITY object. The establishment of the security association for the RSVP INTEGRITY object with the inclusion of the Kerberos Ticket within the AUTH_DATA element may be complicated by the fact that the ticket can be decrypted by node B, whereas the RSVP INTEGRITY object terminates at a different host C. The Kerberos session ticket contains, among many other fields, the session key. The Policy Locator may also be encrypted with the same session key. The protocol steps that need to be executed to obtain such a Kerberos service ticket are not described in  and may involve several roundtrips, depending on many Kerberos-related factors. As an optimization, the Kerberos ticket does not need to be included in every RSVP message, as described in Section 7.1 of . Thus, the receiver must store the received service ticket. If the lifetime of the ticket has expired, then a new service ticket must be sent. If the receiver lost its state information (because of a crash or restart) then it may transmit an Integrity Challenge message to force the sender to re-transmit a new service ticket. If either the X.509 V3 or the PGP certificate is included in the policy element, then a digital signature must be added. The digital signature computed over the entire AUTH_DATA object provides authentication and integrity protection. The SubType of the digital signature authentication attribute is set to zero before computing the digital signature. Whether or not a guarantee of freshness with replay protection (either
timestamps or sequence numbers) is provided by the digital signature is an open issue as discussed in Section 4.3. o Digital Signature The digital signature computed over the contents of the AUTH_DATA object must be the last attribute. The algorithm used to compute the digital signature depends on the authentication mode listed in the credential. This is only partially true, because, for example, PGP again allows different algorithms to be used for computing a digital signature. The algorithm identifier used for computing the digital signature is not included in the certificate itself. The algorithm identifier included in the certificate only serves the purpose of allowing the verification of the signature computed by the certificate authority (except for the case of self-signed certificates). o Policy Error Object The Policy Error Object is used in the case of a failure of policy-based admission control or other credential verification. Currently available error messages allow notification if the credentials are expired (EXPIRED_CREDENTIALS), if the authorization process disallowed the resource request (INSUFFICIENT_PRIVILEGES), or if the given set of credentials is not supported (UNSUPPORTED_CREDENTIAL_TYPE). The last error message returned by the network allows the user's host to discover the type of credentials supported. Particularly for mobile environments this might be quite inefficient. Furthermore, it is unlikely that a user supports different types of credentials. The purpose of the error message IDENTITY_CHANGED is unclear. Also, the protection of the error message is not discussed in .
is a steady flow of RSVP-protected messages between the two hosts, an attacker may find it difficult to inject old messages, because new, authenticated messages with higher sequence numbers arrive and get stored immediately. The following description explains the details of an RSVP Integrity Handshake that is started by Node A after recovering from a synchronization failure: Integrity Challenge (1) Message (including +----------+ a Cookie) +----------+ | |-------------------------->| | | Node A | | Node B | | |<--------------------------| | +----------+ Integrity Response +----------+ (2) Message (including the Cookie and the INTEGRITY object) Figure 3: RSVP Integrity Handshake. The details of the messages are as follows: CHALLENGE:=(Key Identifier, Challenge Cookie) Integrity Challenge Message:=(Common Header, CHALLENGE) Integrity Response Message:=(Common Header, INTEGRITY, CHALLENGE) The "Challenge Cookie" is suggested to be a MD5 hash of a local secret and a timestamp . The Integrity Challenge message is not protected with an INTEGRITY object as shown in the protocol flow above. As explained in Section 10 of  this was done to avoid problems in situations where both communicating parties do not have a valid starting sequence number. Using the RSVP Integrity Handshake protocol is recommended although it is not mandatory (because it may not be needed in all network environments).