Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) P. Hoffman Request for Comments: 8162 ICANN Category: Experimental J. Schlyter ISSN: 2070-1721 Kirei AB May 2017 Using Secure DNS to Associate Certificates with Domain Names for S/MIME
AbstractThis document describes how to use secure DNS to associate an S/MIME user's certificate with the intended domain name, similar to the way that DNS-Based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE), RFC 6698, does for TLS. Status of This Memo This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is published for examination, experimental implementation, and evaluation. This document defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet community. 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). Not all documents approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet Standard; see 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/rfc8162. Copyright Notice Copyright (c) 2017 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the document authors. All rights reserved. This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal Provisions Relating to IETF Documents (http://trustee.ietf.org/license-info) in effect on the date of publication of this document. Please review these documents carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect to this document. Code Components extracted from this document must include Simplified BSD License text as described in Section 4.e of the Trust Legal Provisions and are provided without warranty as described in the Simplified BSD License.
1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1.1. Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1.2. Experiment Goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2. The SMIMEA Resource Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 3. Location of the SMIMEA Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 4. Email Address Variants and Internationalization Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 5. Mandatory-to-Implement Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6. Application Use of S/MIME Certificate Associations . . . . . 6 7. Certificate Size and DNS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 8. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 9. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 9.1. Response Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 9.2. Email Address Information Leak . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 10. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 10.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 10.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 RFC5751] messages often contain a certificate (some messages contain more than one certificate). These certificates assist in authenticating the sender of the message and can be used for encrypting messages that will be sent in reply. In order for the S/MIME receiver to authenticate that a message is from the sender identified in the message, the receiver's Mail User Agent (MUA) must validate that this certificate is associated with the purported sender. Currently, the MUA must trust a trust anchor upon which the sender's certificate is rooted and must successfully validate the certificate. There are other requirements on the MUA, such as associating the identity in the certificate with that of the message, that are out of scope for this document. Some people want to authenticate the association of the sender's certificate with the sender without trusting a configured trust anchor. Others to want mitigate the difficulty of finding certificates from outside the enterprise. Given that the DNS administrator for a domain name is authorized to give identifying information about the zone, it makes sense to allow that administrator to also make an authoritative binding between email messages purporting to come from the domain name and a certificate that might be used by someone authorized to send mail from those servers. The easiest way to do this is to use the DNS.
This document describes a mechanism for associating a user's certificate with the domain that is similar to that described in DANE itself [RFC6698], as updated by [RFC7218] and [RFC7671]; it is also similar to the mechanism given in [RFC7929] for OpenPGP. Most of the operational and security considerations for using the mechanism in this document are described in RFC 6698 and are not described here at all. Only the major differences between this mechanism and those used in RFC 6698 are described here. Thus, the reader must be familiar with RFC 6698 before reading this document. RFC2119] [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all capitals, as shown here. This document also makes use of standard PKIX, DNSSEC, and S/MIME terminology. See PKIX [RFC5280], DNSSEC [RFC4033] [RFC4034] [RFC4035], and S/MIME [RFC5751] for these terms.
If the experiment is successful, it is expected that the findings of the experiment will result in an updated document for Standards Track approval. RFC7929] for OpenPGP. The type value for the SMIMEA RRtype is defined in Section 8. The SMIMEA resource record is class independent. The SMIMEA wire format and presentation format are the same as for the TLSA record as described in Section 2.1 of [RFC6698]. The certificate usage field, the selector field, and the matching type field have the same format; the semantics are also the same except where RFC 6698 talks about TLS as the target protocol for the certificate information. RFC5322] and [RFC6530]. Therefore, email addresses are mapped into DNS using the following method: 1. The "left-hand side" of the email address, called the "local- part" in both the mail message format definition [RFC5322] and in the specification for internationalized email [RFC6530]) is encoded in UTF-8 (or its subset ASCII). If the local-part is written in another charset, it MUST be converted to UTF-8. 2. The local-part is first canonicalized using the following rules. If the local-part is unquoted, any comments and/or folding whitespace (CFWS) around dots (".") is removed. Any enclosing double quotes are removed. Any literal quoting is removed. 3. If the local-part contains any non-ASCII characters, it SHOULD be normalized using the Unicode Normalization Form C from [UNICODE]. Recommended normalization rules can be found in Section 10.1 of [RFC6530].
4. The local-part is hashed using the SHA2-256 [RFC5754] algorithm, with the hash truncated to 28 octets and represented in its hexadecimal representation, to become the left-most label in the prepared domain name. 5. The string "_smimecert" becomes the second left-most label in the prepared domain name. 6. The domain name (the "right-hand side" of the email address, called the "domain" in [RFC5322]) is appended to the result of step 5 to complete the prepared domain name. For example, to request an SMIMEA resource record for a user whose email address is "firstname.lastname@example.org", an SMIMEA query would be placed for the following QNAME: "c93f1e400f26708f98cb19d936620da35eec8f72e57 f9eec01c1afd6._smimecert.example.com". RFC5321] and its predecessors have always made it clear that only the recipient MTA is allowed to interpret the local-part of an address. Therefore, sending MUAs and MTAs supporting this specification MUST NOT perform any kind of mapping rules based on the email address. In order to improve the chances of finding SMIMEA resource records for a particular local-part, domains that allow variant forms (such as treating local-parts as case-insensitive) might publish SMIMEA resource records for all variants of local- parts, might publish variants on first use (for example, a webmail provider that also controls DNS for a domain can publish variants as used by owner of a particular local-part), or might just publish SMIMEA resource records for the most common variants. Section 3 above defines how the local-part is used to determine the location in which one looks for an SMIMEA resource record. Given the variety of local-parts seen in email, designing a good experiment for this is difficult as a) some current implementations are known to lowercase at least US-ASCII local-parts, b) we know from (many) other
situations that any strategy based on guessing and making multiple DNS queries is not going to achieve consensus for good reasons, and c) the underlying issues are just hard -- see Section 10.1 of [RFC6530] for discussion of just some of the issues that would need to be tackled to fully address this problem. However, while this specification is not the place to try to address these issues with local-parts, doing so is also not required to determine the outcome of this experiment. If this experiment succeeds, then further work on email addresses with non-ASCII local- parts will be needed, and that would be better based on the findings from this experiment, rather than doing nothing or starting this experiment based on a speculative approach to what is a very complex topic. RFC4262]) in any certificates that it receives through SMIMEA records. RFC4035]), the DNSSEC validation MUST be treated as a failure. If no S/MIME certificates are known for an email address, an SMIMEA DNS lookup MAY be performed to seek the certificate or public key that corresponds to that email address. This can then be used to verify a received signed message or can be used to send out an encrypted email message. An application whose attempt fails to retrieve a DNSSEC-verified SMIMEA resource record from the DNS should remember that failed attempt and not retry it for some time. This will avoid sending out a DNS request for each email message the application is sending out; such DNS requests constitute a privacy leak.
RFC7258]. Since DNS queries are currently mostly unencrypted, a query to look up a target SMIMEA record could reveal that a user using the (monitored) recursive DNS server is attempting to send encrypted email to a target. Various components could be responsible for encrypting an email message to a target recipient. It could be done by the sender's MUA, an MUA plugin, or the sender's MTA. Each of these have their own characteristics. An MUA can ask the user to make a decision before continuing. The MUA can either accept or refuse a message. The MTA might deliver the message as is or encrypt the message before delivering. Each of these components should attempt to encrypt an unencrypted outgoing message whenever possible. In theory, two different local-parts could hash to the same value. This document assumes that such a hash collision has a negligible chance of happening. If an obtained S/MIME certificate is revoked or expired, that certificate MUST NOT be used, even if that would result in sending a message in plaintext.
Anyone who can obtain a DNSSEC private key of a domain name via coercion, theft, or brute-force calculations can replace any SMIMEA record in that zone and all of the delegated child zones. Any future messages encrypted with the malicious SMIMEA key could then be read. Therefore, a certificate or key obtained from a DNSSEC-validated SMIMEA record can only be trusted as much as the DNS domain can be trusted. Organizations that are required to be able to read everyone's encrypted email should publish the escrow key as the SMIMEA record. Mail servers of such organizations MAY optionally re-encrypt the message to the individual's S/MIME key. This case can be considered a special case of the key-replacement attack described above. RFC7873]. If a query is received via UDP without source IP address verification, the server MUST NOT return REFUSED but answer the query with an empty answer section and the truncation flag set ("TC=1"). RFC6672]. This makes it slightly easier and cheaper to brute- force the SHA2-256 hashes into common and short local-parts, as single rainbow tables [Rainbow] can be reused across domains. This can be somewhat countered by using NSEC3 [RFC5155]. DNS zones that are signed with DNSSEC using NSEC [RFC4033] for denial of existence are susceptible to zone walking, a mechanism that allows someone to enumerate all the SMIMEA hashes in a zone. This can be used in combination with previously hashed common or short local- parts (in rainbow tables) to deduce valid email addresses. DNSSEC- signed zones using NSEC3 for denial of existence instead of NSEC are significantly harder to brute-force after performing a zone walk.
[RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2119>. [RFC4033] Arends, R., Austein, R., Larson, M., Massey, D., and S. Rose, "DNS Security Introduction and Requirements", RFC 4033, DOI 10.17487/RFC4033, March 2005, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4033>. [RFC4034] Arends, R., Austein, R., Larson, M., Massey, D., and S. Rose, "Resource Records for the DNS Security Extensions", RFC 4034, DOI 10.17487/RFC4034, March 2005, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4034>. [RFC4035] Arends, R., Austein, R., Larson, M., Massey, D., and S. Rose, "Protocol Modifications for the DNS Security Extensions", RFC 4035, DOI 10.17487/RFC4035, March 2005, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4035>. [RFC5280] Cooper, D., Santesson, S., Farrell, S., Boeyen, S., Housley, R., and W. Polk, "Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure Certificate and Certificate Revocation List (CRL) Profile", RFC 5280, DOI 10.17487/RFC5280, May 2008, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5280>. [RFC5751] Ramsdell, B. and S. Turner, "Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) Version 3.2 Message Specification", RFC 5751, DOI 10.17487/RFC5751, January 2010, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5751>. [RFC5754] Turner, S., "Using SHA2 Algorithms with Cryptographic Message Syntax", RFC 5754, DOI 10.17487/RFC5754, January 2010, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5754>. [RFC6698] Hoffman, P. and J. Schlyter, "The DNS-Based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE) Transport Layer Security (TLS) Protocol: TLSA", RFC 6698, DOI 10.17487/RFC6698, August 2012, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6698>. [RFC7671] Dukhovni, V. and W. Hardaker, "The DNS-Based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE) Protocol: Updates and Operational Guidance", RFC 7671, DOI 10.17487/RFC7671, October 2015, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7671>.
[RFC8174] Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC 2119 Key Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174, May 2017, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8174>. [Rainbow] Oechslin, P., "Making a Faster Cryptanalytic Time-Memory Trade-Off", DOI 10.1007/978-3-540-45146-4_36, 2003, <http://www.iacr.org/cryptodb/archive/2003/ CRYPTO/1615/1615.ps>. [RFC4262] Santesson, S., "X.509 Certificate Extension for Secure/ Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) Capabilities", RFC 4262, DOI 10.17487/RFC4262, December 2005, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4262>. [RFC5155] Laurie, B., Sisson, G., Arends, R., and D. Blacka, "DNS Security (DNSSEC) Hashed Authenticated Denial of Existence", RFC 5155, DOI 10.17487/RFC5155, March 2008, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5155>. [RFC5321] Klensin, J., "Simple Mail Transfer Protocol", RFC 5321, DOI 10.17487/RFC5321, October 2008, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5321>. [RFC5322] Resnick, P., Ed., "Internet Message Format", RFC 5322, DOI 10.17487/RFC5322, October 2008, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5322>. [RFC6530] Klensin, J. and Y. Ko, "Overview and Framework for Internationalized Email", RFC 6530, DOI 10.17487/RFC6530, February 2012, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6530>. [RFC6672] Rose, S. and W. Wijngaards, "DNAME Redirection in the DNS", RFC 6672, DOI 10.17487/RFC6672, June 2012, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6672>. [RFC7218] Gudmundsson, O., "Adding Acronyms to Simplify Conversations about DNS-Based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE)", RFC 7218, DOI 10.17487/RFC7218, April 2014, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7218>. [RFC7258] Farrell, S. and H. Tschofenig, "Pervasive Monitoring Is an Attack", BCP 188, RFC 7258, DOI 10.17487/RFC7258, May 2014, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7258>.
[RFC7873] Eastlake 3rd, D. and M. Andrews, "Domain Name System (DNS) Cookies", RFC 7873, DOI 10.17487/RFC7873, May 2016, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7873>. [RFC7929] Wouters, P., "DNS-Based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE) Bindings for OpenPGP", RFC 7929, DOI 10.17487/RFC7929, August 2016, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7929>. [UNICODE] The Unicode Consortium, "The Unicode Standard", <http://www.unicode.org/versions/latest/>. RFC7929]. That material was created by Paul Wouters and other participants in the IETF DANE WG. Brian Dickson, Stephen Farrell, Miek Gieben, Martin Pels, and Jim Schaad contributed technical ideas and support to this document.