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AHbis WG LC: need for source address based selectors
One more comment to the AHbis WG LC:
AHbis currently states the following:
> 2.4 Security Parameters Index (SPI)
> The SPI is an arbitrary 32-bit value that is used by a receiver to
> identify the SA to which an incoming packet is bound. For a unicast
> SA, the SPI can be used by itself to specify an SA, or it may be used
> in conjunction with the IPsec protocol type (in this case AH).
> Since, for unicast SAs, the SPI value is generated by the receiver,
> whether the value is sufficient to identify an SA by itself, or
> whether it must be used in conjunction with the IPsec protocol value
> is a local matter. The SPI field is mandatory and this mechanism for
> mapping inbound traffic to unicast SAs described above MUST be
> supported by all AH implementations.
However, in the SEND WG we are using AH with public key crypto,
with a fixed SPI. There the key used depends on the sender of
the message, not the receiver. Hence, for our purposes neither
the SPI alone nor SPI + protocol are enough. We need also the ability
to select the SA based on SPI + source address, even for unicast.
> If an IPsec implementation supports multicast, then it MUST support
> multicast SAs using the following algorithm for mapping inbound IPsec
> datagrams to SAs. ... Each entry in the Security Association
> Database (SAD) [KA98a] must indicate whether the SA lookup makes use
> of the source and destination IP addresses, in addition to the SPI.
> ... (There is no current requirement to support SA mapping based on
> the source address but not the destination address, thus one of the
> possible four values is not meaningful.) ....
Since we are using PK crypto, we also need the possibility for
selecting the SA based solely on the source address. In fact,
for our fixed SPI, the destination address does not have any role,
not even whether the destination address is unicast or multicast.
I don't know how to handle this so late in the process. I would
like to see the text to be sufficiently revised to allow source
address based SA selection, so that we could use it directly in SEND.
However, I have no idea how the IPSEC WG would feel about that.
SEND WG co-chair