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RFC 4552

Authentication/Confidentiality for OSPFv3

Pages: 15
Proposed Standard
Errata

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Network Working Group                                           M. Gupta
Request for Comments: 4552                               Tropos Networks
Category: Standards Track                                       N. Melam
                                                        Juniper Networks
                                                               June 2006


               Authentication/Confidentiality for OSPFv3

Status of This Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2006).

Abstract

This document describes means and mechanisms to provide authentication/confidentiality to OSPFv3 using an IPv6 Authentication Header/Encapsulating Security Payload (AH/ESP) extension header.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction ....................................................2 1.1. Conventions Used in This Document ..........................2 2. Transport Mode vs. Tunnel Mode ..................................3 3. Authentication ..................................................3 4. Confidentiality .................................................3 5. Distinguishing OSPFv3 from OSPFv2 ...............................4 6. IPsec Requirements ..............................................4 7. Key Management ..................................................5 8. SA Granularity and Selectors ....................................7 9. Virtual Links ...................................................8 10. Rekeying .......................................................9 10.1. Rekeying Procedure ........................................9 10.2. KeyRolloverInterval .......................................9 10.3. Rekeying Interval ........................................10 11. IPsec Protection Barrier and SPD ..............................10 12. Entropy of Manual Keys ........................................12 13. Replay Protection .............................................12 14. Security Considerations .......................................12 15. References ....................................................13 15.1. Normative References .....................................13 15.2. Informative References ...................................13

1. Introduction

OSPF (Open Shortest Path First) Version 2 [N1] defines the fields AuType and Authentication in its protocol header to provide security. In OSPF for IPv6 (OSPFv3) [N2], both of the authentication fields were removed from OSPF headers. OSPFv3 relies on the IPv6 Authentication Header (AH) and IPv6 Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP) to provide integrity, authentication, and/or confidentiality. This document describes how IPv6 AH/ESP extension headers can be used to provide authentication/confidentiality to OSPFv3. It is assumed that the reader is familiar with OSPFv3 [N2], AH [N5], ESP [N4], the concept of security associations, tunnel and transport mode of IPsec, and the key management options available for AH and ESP (manual keying [N3] and Internet Key Exchange (IKE)[I1]).

1.1. Conventions Used in This Document

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [N7].
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2. Transport Mode vs. Tunnel Mode

The transport mode Security Association (SA) is generally used between two hosts or routers/gateways when they are acting as hosts. The SA must be a tunnel mode SA if either end of the security association is a router/gateway. Two hosts MAY establish a tunnel mode SA between themselves. OSPFv3 packets are exchanged between routers. However, since the packets are locally delivered, the routers assume the role of hosts in the context of tunnel mode SA. All implementations conforming to this specification MUST support transport mode SA to provide required IPsec security to OSPFv3 packets. They MAY also support tunnel mode SA to provide required IPsec security to OSPFv3 packets.

3. Authentication

Implementations conforming to this specification MUST support authentication for OSPFv3. In order to provide authentication to OSPFv3, implementations MUST support ESP and MAY support AH. If ESP in transport mode is used, it will only provide authentication to OSPFv3 protocol packets excluding the IPv6 header, extension headers, and options. If AH in transport mode is used, it will provide authentication to OSPFv3 protocol packets, selected portions of IPv6 header, selected portions of extension headers, and selected options. When OSPFv3 authentication is enabled, o OSPFv3 packets that are not protected with AH or ESP MUST be silently discarded. o OSPFv3 packets that fail the authentication checks MUST be silently discarded.

4. Confidentiality

Implementations conforming to this specification SHOULD support confidentiality for OSPFv3. If confidentiality is provided, ESP MUST be used.
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   When OSPFv3 confidentiality is enabled,

      o  OSPFv3 packets that are not protected with ESP MUST be silently
         discarded.

      o  OSPFv3 packets that fail the confidentiality checks MUST be
         silently discarded.

5. Distinguishing OSPFv3 from OSPFv2

The IP/IPv6 Protocol Type for OSPFv2 and OSPFv3 is the same (89), and OSPF distinguishes them based on the OSPF header version number. However, current IPsec standards do not allow using arbitrary protocol-specific header fields as the selectors. Therefore, the OSPF version field in the OSPF header cannot be used to distinguish OSPFv3 packets from OSPFv2 packets. As OSPFv2 is only for IPv4 and OSPFv3 is only for IPv6, the version field in the IP header can be used to distinguish OSPFv3 packets from OSPFv2 packets.

6. IPsec Requirements

In order to implement this specification, the following IPsec capabilities are required. Transport mode IPsec in transport mode MUST be supported. [N3] Multiple Security Policy Databases (SPDs) The implementation MUST support multiple SPDs with an SPD selection function that provides an ability to choose a specific SPD based on interface. [N3] Selectors The implementation MUST be able to use source address, destination address, protocol, and direction as selectors in the SPD. Interface ID tagging The implementation MUST be able to tag the inbound packets with the ID of the interface (physical or virtual) via which it arrived. [N3] Manual key support Manually configured keys MUST be able to secure the specified traffic. [N3]
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   Encryption and authentication algorithms
      The implementation MUST NOT allow the user to choose stream
      ciphers as the encryption algorithm for securing OSPFv3 packets
      since the stream ciphers are not suitable for manual keys.

      Except when in conflict with the above statement, the key words
      "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHOULD", and "SHOULD NOT" that
      appear in the [N6] document for algorithms to be supported are to
      be interpreted as described in [N7] for OSPFv3 support as well.

   Dynamic IPsec rule configuration
      The routing module SHOULD be able to configure, modify, and delete
      IPsec rules on the fly.  This is needed mainly for securing
      virtual links.

   Encapsulation of ESP packet
      IP encapsulation of ESP packets MUST be supported.  For
      simplicity, UDP encapsulation of ESP packets SHOULD NOT be used.

   Different SAs for different Differentiated Services Code Points
      (DSCPs)
      As per [N3], the IPsec implementation MUST support the
      establishment and maintenance of multiple SAs with the same
      selectors between a given sender and receiver.  This allows the
      implementation to associate different classes of traffic with the
      same selector values in support of Quality of Service (QoS).

7. Key Management

OSPFv3 exchanges both multicast and unicast packets. While running OSPFv3 over a broadcast interface, the authentication/confidentiality required is "one to many". Since IKE is based on the Diffie-Hellman key agreement protocol and works only for two communicating parties, it is not possible to use IKE for providing the required "one to many" authentication/confidentiality. This specification mandates the usage of Manual Keying with current IPsec implementations. Future specifications can explore the usage of protocols like Kerberized Internet Negotiation of Keys/Group Secure Association Key Management Protocol (KINK/GSAKMP) when they are widely available. In manual keying, SAs are statically installed on the routers and these static SAs are used to authenticate/encrypt packets. The following discussion explains that it is not scalable and is practically infeasible to use different security associations for inbound and outbound traffic to provide the required "one to many" security. Therefore, the implementations MUST use manually
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   configured keys with the same SA parameters (Security Parameter Index
   (SPI), keys, etc.) for both inbound and outbound SAs (as shown in
   Figure 3).

          A                  |
        SAa     ------------>|
        SAb     <------------|
                             |
          B                  |
        SAb     ------------>|
        SAa     <------------|                 Figure 1
                             |
          C                  |
        SAa/SAb ------------>|
        SAa/SAb <------------|
                             |
                         Broadcast
                          Network

   If we consider communication between A and B in Figure 1, everything
   seems to be fine.  A uses security association SAa for outbound
   packets and B uses the same for inbound packets and vice versa.  Now
   if we include C in the group and C sends a packet using SAa, then
   only A will be able to understand it.  Similarly, if C sends a packet
   using SAb, then only B will be able to understand it.  Since the
   packets are multicast and they are going to be processed by both A
   and B, there is no SA for C to use so that both A and B can
   understand them.

          A                  |
        SAa     ------------>|
        SAb     <------------|
        SAc     <------------|
                             |
          B                  |
        SAb     ------------>|
        SAa     <------------|                 Figure 2
        SAc     <------------|
                             |
          C                  |
        SAc     ------------>|
        SAa     <------------|
        SAb     <------------|
                             |
                         Broadcast
                          Network
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   The problem can be solved by configuring SAs for all the nodes on
   every other node as shown in Figure 2.  So A, B, and C will use SAa,
   SAb, and SAc, respectively, for outbound traffic.  Each node will
   lookup the SA to be used based on the source (A will use SAb and SAc
   for packets received from B and C, respectively).  This solution is
   not scalable and practically infeasible because a large number of SAs
   will need to be configured on each node.  Also, the addition of a
   node in the broadcast network will require the addition of another SA
   on every other node.

         A                   |
        SAo     ------------>|
        SAi     <------------|
                             |
         B                   |
        SAo     ------------>|
        SAi     <------------|                 Figure 3
                             |
         C                   |
        SAo     ------------>|
        SAi     <------------|
                             |
                         Broadcast
                          Network

   The problem can be solved by using the same SA parameters (SPI, keys,
   etc.) for both inbound (SAi) and outbound (SAo) SAs as shown in
   Figure 3.

8. SA Granularity and Selectors

The user SHOULD be given the choice of sharing the same SA among multiple interfaces or using a unique SA per interface. OSPFv3 supports running multiple instances over one interface using the "Instance Id" field contained in the OSPFv3 header. As IPsec does not support arbitrary fields in the protocol header to be used as the selectors, it is not possible to use different SAs for different OSPFv3 instances running over the same interface. Therefore, all OSPFv3 instances running over the same interface will have to use the same SA. In OSPFv3 RFC terminology, SAs are per-link and not per-interface.
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9. Virtual Links

A different SA than the SA of the underlying interface MUST be provided for virtual links. Packets sent on virtual links use unicast non-link local IPv6 addresses as the IPv6 source address, while packets sent on other interfaces use multicast and unicast link local addresses. This difference in the IPv6 source address differentiates the packets sent on virtual links from other OSPFv3 interface types. As the virtual link end point IPv6 addresses are not known, it is not possible to install SPD/Security Association Database (SAD) entries at the time of configuration. The virtual link end point IPv6 addresses are learned during the routing table computation process. The packet exchange over the virtual links starts only after the discovery of the end point IPv6 addresses. In order to protect these exchanges, the routing module must install the corresponding SPD/SAD entries before starting these exchanges. Note that manual SA parameters are preconfigured but not installed in the SAD until the end point addresses are learned. According to the OSPFv3 RFC [N2], the virtual neighbor's IP address is set to the first prefix with the "LA-bit" set from the list of prefixes in intra-area-prefix-Link State Advertisements (LSAs) originated by the virtual neighbor. But when it comes to choosing the source address for the packets that are sent over the virtual link, the RFC [N2] simply suggests using one of the router's own global IPv6 addresses. In order to install the required security rules for virtual links, the source address also needs to be predictable. Hence, routers that implement this specification MUST change the way the source and destination addresses are chosen for packets exchanged over virtual links when IPsec is enabled. The first IPv6 address with the "LA-bit" set in the list of prefixes advertised in intra-area-prefix-LSAs in the transit area MUST be used as the source address for packets exchanged over the virtual link. When multiple intra-area-prefix-LSAs are originated, they are considered concatenated and are ordered by ascending Link State ID. The first IPv6 address with the "LA-bit" set in the list of prefixes received in intra-area-prefix-LSAs from the virtual neighbor in the transit area MUST be used as the destination address for packets exchanged over the virtual link. When multiple intra-area-prefix- LSAs are received, they are considered concatenated and are ordered by ascending Link State ID. This makes both the source and destination addresses of packets exchanged over the virtual link predictable when IPsec is enabled.
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10. Rekeying

To maintain the security of a link, the authentication and encryption key values SHOULD be changed periodically.

10.1. Rekeying Procedure

The following three-step procedure SHOULD be provided to rekey the routers on a link without dropping OSPFv3 protocol packets or disrupting the adjacency. (1) For every router on the link, create an additional inbound SA for the interface being rekeyed using a new SPI and the new key. (2) For every router on the link, replace the original outbound SA with one using the new SPI and key values. The SA replacement operation should be atomic with respect to sending OSPFv3 packets on the link so that no OSPFv3 packets are sent without authentication/encryption. (3) For every router on the link, remove the original inbound SA. Note that all routers on the link must complete step 1 before any begin step 2. Likewise, all the routers on the link must complete step 2 before any begin step 3. One way to control the progression from one step to the next is for each router to have a configurable time constant KeyRolloverInterval. After the router begins step 1 on a given link, it waits for this interval and then moves to step 2. Likewise, after moving to step 2, it waits for this interval and then moves to step 3. In order to achieve smooth key transition, all routers on a link should use the same value for KeyRolloverInterval and should initiate the key rollover process within this time period. At the end of this procedure, all the routers on the link will have a single inbound and outbound SA for OSPFv3 with the new SPI and key values.

10.2. KeyRolloverInterval

The configured value of KeyRolloverInterval should be long enough to allow the administrator to change keys on all the OSPFv3 routers. As this value can vary significantly depending upon the implementation and the deployment, it is left to the administrator to choose an appropriate value.
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10.3. Rekeying Interval

This section analyzes the security provided by manual keying and recommends that the encryption and authentication keys SHOULD be changed at least every 90 days. The weakest security provided by the security mechanisms discussed in this specification is when NULL encryption (for ESP) or no encryption (for AH) is used with the HMAC-MD5 authentication. Any other algorithm combinations will at least be as hard to break as the ones mentioned above. This is shown by the following reasonable assumptions: o NULL Encryption and HMAC-SHA-1 Authentication will be more secure as HMAC-SHA-1 is considered to be more secure than HMAC-MD5. o NON-NULL Encryption and NULL Authentication combination is not applicable as this specification mandates authentication when OSPFv3 security is enabled. o Data Encryption Security (DES) Encryption and HMAC-MD5 Authentication will be more secure because of the additional security provided by DES. o Other encryption algorithms like 3DES and the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) will be more secure than DES. RFC 3562 [I4] analyzes the rekeying requirements for the TCP MD5 signature option. The analysis provided in RFC 3562 is also applicable to this specification as the analysis is independent of data patterns.

11. IPsec Protection Barrier and SPD

The IPsec protection barrier MUST be around the OSPF protocol. Therefore, all the inbound and outbound OSPF traffic goes through IPsec processing. The SPD selection function MUST return an SPD with the following rule for all the interfaces that have OSPFv3 authentication/confidentiality disabled. No. source destination protocol action 1 any any OSPF bypass
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   The SPD selection function MUST return an SPD with the following
   rules for all the interfaces that have OSPFv3
   authentication/confidentiality enabled.

      No.  source       destination       protocol        action
      2   fe80::/10        any             OSPF           protect
      3   fe80::/10        any       ESP/OSPF or AH/OSPF  protect
      4   src/128        dst/128           OSPF           protect
      5   src/128        dst/128     ESP/OSPF or AH/OSPF  protect

   For rules 2 and 4, action "protect" means encrypting/calculating
   Integrity Check Value (ICV) and adding an ESP or AH header.  For
   rules 3 and 5, action "protect" means decrypting/authenticating the
   packets and stripping the ESP or AH header.

   Rule 1 will bypass the OSPFv3 packets without any IPsec processing on
   the interfaces that have OSPFv3 authentication/confidentiality
   disabled.

   Rules 2 and 4 will drop the inbound OSPFv3 packets that have not been
   secured with ESP/AH headers.

   ESP/OSPF or AH/OSPF in rules 3 and 5 mean that it is an OSPF packet
   secured with ESP or AH.

   Rules 2 and 3 are meant to secure the unicast and multicast OSPF
   packets that are not being exchanged over the virtual links.

   Rules 4 and 5 are meant to secure the packets being exchanged over
   virtual links.  These rules are installed after learning the virtual
   link end point IPv6 addresses.  These rules MUST be installed in the
   SPD for the interfaces that are connected to the transit area for the
   virtual link.  These rules MAY alternatively be installed on all the
   interfaces.  If these rules are not installed on all the interfaces,
   clear text or malicious OSPFv3 packets with the same source and
   destination addresses as the virtual link end point IPv6 addresses
   will be delivered to OSPFv3.  Though OSPFv3 drops these packets as
   they were not received on the right interface, OSPFv3 receives some
   clear text or malicious packets even when the security is enabled.
   Installing these rules on all the interfaces ensures that OSPFv3 does
   not receive these clear text or malicious packets when security is
   enabled.  On the other hand, installing these rules on all the
   interfaces increases the processing overhead on the interfaces where
   there is no other IPsec processing.  The decision of whether to
   install these rules on all the interfaces or on just the interfaces
   that are connected to the transit area is a private decision and
   doesn't affect the interoperability in any way.  Hence it is an
   implementation choice.
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12. Entropy of Manual Keys

The implementations MUST allow the administrator to configure the cryptographic and authentication keys in hexadecimal format rather than restricting it to a subset of ASCII characters (letters, numbers, etc.). A restricted character set will reduce key entropy significantly as discussed in [I2].

13. Replay Protection

Since it is not possible using the current standards to provide complete replay protection while using manual keying, the proposed solution will not provide protection against replay attacks. Detailed analysis of various vulnerabilities of the routing protocols and OSPF in particular is discussed in [I3] and [I2]. The conclusion is that replay of OSPF packets can cause adjacencies to be disrupted, which can lead to a DoS attack on the network. It can also cause database exchange process to occur continuously thus causing CPU overload as well as micro loops in the network.

14. Security Considerations

This memo discusses the use of IPsec AH and ESP headers to provide security to OSPFv3 for IPv6. Hence, security permeates throughout this document. OSPF Security Vulnerabilities Analysis [I2] identifies OSPF vulnerabilities in two scenarios -- one with no authentication or simple password authentication and the other with cryptographic authentication. The solution described in this specification provides protection against all the vulnerabilities identified for scenarios with cryptographic authentication with the following exceptions: Limitations of manual key: This specification mandates the usage of manual keys. The following are the known limitations of the usage of manual keys. o As the sequence numbers cannot be negotiated, replay protection cannot be provided. This leaves OSPF insecure against all the attacks that can be performed by replaying OSPF packets. o Manual keys are usually long lived (changing them often is a tedious task). This gives an attacker enough time to discover the keys.
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      o  As the administrator is manually configuring the keys, there is
         a chance that the configured keys are weak (there are known
         weak keys for DES/3DES at least).

   Impersonating attacks:

   The usage of the same key on all the OSPF routers connected to a link
   leaves them all insecure against impersonating attacks if any one of
   the OSPF routers is compromised, malfunctioning, or misconfigured.

   Detailed analysis of various vulnerabilities of routing protocols is
   discussed in [I3].

15. References

15.1. Normative References

[N1] Moy, J., "OSPF Version 2", STD 54, RFC 2328, April 1998. [N2] Coltun, R., Ferguson, D., and J. Moy, "OSPF for IPv6", RFC 2740, December 1999. [N3] Kent, S. and K. Seo, "Security Architecture for the Internet Protocol", RFC 4301, December 2005. [N4] Kent, S., "IP Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP)", RFC 4303, December 2005. [N5] Kent, S., "IP Authentication Header", RFC 4302, December 2005. [N6] Eastlake 3rd, D., "Cryptographic Algorithm Implementation Requirements for Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP) and Authentication Header (AH)", RFC 4305, December 2005. [N7] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

15.2. Informative References

[I1] Kaufman, C., "Internet Key Exchange (IKEv2) Protocol", RFC 4306, December 2005. [I2] Jones, E. and O. Moigne, "OSPF Security Vulnerabilities Analysis", Work in Progress. [I3] Barbir, A., Murphy, S., and Y. Yang, "Generic Threats to Routing Protocols", Work in Progress.
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   [I4] Leech, M., "Key Management Considerations for the TCP MD5
        Signature Option", RFC 3562, July 2003.

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to extend sincere thanks to Marc Solsona, Janne Peltonen, John Cruz, Dhaval Shah, Abhay Roy, Paul Wells, Vishwas Manral, and Sam Hartman for providing useful information and critiques on this memo. The authors would like to extend special thanks to Acee Lindem for many editorial changes. We would also like to thank members of the IPsec and OSPF WG for providing valuable review comments.

Authors' Addresses

Mukesh Gupta Tropos Networks 555 Del Rey Ave Sunnyvale, CA 94085 Phone: 408-331-6889 EMail: mukesh.gupta@tropos.com Nagavenkata Suresh Melam Juniper Networks 1194 N. Mathilda Ave Sunnyvale, CA 94089 Phone: 408-505-4392 EMail: nmelam@juniper.net
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