rfc-editor | 23 Jan 01:27 2016

RFC 7748 on Elliptic Curves for Security

A new Request for Comments is now available in online RFC libraries.

        RFC 7748

        Title:      Elliptic Curves for Security 
        Author:     A. Langley, M. Hamburg, S. Turner
        Status:     Informational
        Stream:     IRTF
        Date:       January 2016
        Mailbox:    agl <at> google.com, 
                    mike <at> shiftleft.org, 
                    sean <at> sn3rd.com
        Pages:      22
        Characters: 39298
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-irtf-cfrg-curves-11.txt

        URL:        https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7748

        DOI:        http://dx.doi.org/10.17487/RFC7748

This memo specifies two elliptic curves over prime fields that offer
a high level of practical security in cryptographic applications,
including Transport Layer Security (TLS).  These curves are intended
to operate at the ~128-bit and ~224-bit security level, respectively,
and are generated deterministically based on a list of required

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Eggert, Lars | 2 Dec 09:42 2015

New Research Group chartered: Thing-to-Thing

Thing-to-Thing Research Group (T2TRG)

The Thing-to-Thing Research Group (T2TRG) will investigate open research
issues in turning a true "Internet of Things" into reality, an Internet where
low-resource nodes ("things", "constrained nodes") can communicate among
themselves and with the wider Internet, in order to partake in permissionless
innovation. The focus of the T2TRG are on issues that touch opportunities for
standardization in the IETF, i.e., it will start at the adaptation layer
connecting devices to IP, and end at the application layer with architectures
and APIs for communicating and making data and management functions (including
security functions) available.


A first wave of IoT standards has been completed by the IETF. Consortia are now
forming to build infrastructure and industry agreements around those. This
generates new requirements for research, based on actual usage of the standards
now available.

In parallel, W3C has set up an IG (Interest Group) on the Web of Things (WoT);
this is operating on a similar timeline as an RG does in the IRTF. A parallel
activity associated with the IETF/IRTF can help ensure the common work does not
stop at the traditional boundaries of the W3C, but considers networking issues
as well. IETF WGs are also active on these topics, but an IRTF RG can provide a
more long-term perspective to the collaboration.

Areas of Interest

A number of areas of interest have been identified:
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Eggert, Lars | 30 Nov 14:17 2015

New Research Group chartered: Human Rights Protocol Considerations

Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group (HRPC)


The Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group is chartered to research
whether standards and protocols can enable, strengthen or threaten human rights,
as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) [1] and the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) [2], specifically,
but not limited to the right to freedom of expression and the right to freedom
of assembly.

The research group takes as its starting point the problem statement that
human-rights-enabling characteristics of the Internet might be degraded if they
are not properly defined, described and sufficiently taken into account in
protocol development. Not protecting these characteristics could result in
(partial) loss of functionality and connectivity.

As evinced by RFC 1958, the Internet aims to be the global network of networks
that provides unfettered connectivity to all users at all times and for any
content. Open, secure and reliable connectivity is essential for rights such as
freedom of expression and freedom of association. Since the Internet’s objective
of connectivity makes it an enabler of human rights, its architectural design
converges with the human rights framework.

The Internet was designed with freedom and openness of communications as core
values. But as the scale and the industrialization of the Internet has grown
greatly, the influence of such world-views started to compete with other values.
This research group aims to explore the relations between human rights and
protocols and to provide guidelines to inform future protocol development and
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rfc-editor | 12 Nov 02:00 2015

RFC 7664 on Dragonfly Key Exchange

A new Request for Comments is now available in online RFC libraries.

        RFC 7664

        Title:      Dragonfly Key Exchange 
        Author:     D. Harkins, Ed.
        Status:     Informational
        Stream:     IRTF
        Date:       November 2015
        Mailbox:    dharkins <at> arubanetworks.com
        Pages:      18
        Characters: 37576
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-irtf-cfrg-dragonfly-08.txt

        URL:        https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7664

        DOI:        http://dx.doi.org/10.17487/RFC7664

This document specifies a key exchange using discrete logarithm
cryptography that is authenticated using a password or passphrase.
It is resistant to active attack, passive attack, and offline
dictionary attack.  This document is a product of the Crypto Forum
Research Group (CFRG).

This document is a product of the Crypto Forum Research Group of the IRTF.

INFORMATIONAL: This memo provides information for the Internet community.
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Eggert, Lars | 29 Oct 02:53 2015

Fwd: [94all] Screening film 'Net of Rights' ahead of plenary

Begin forwarded message:
> From: IETF Chair <chair <at> ietf.org>
> Date: October 29, 2015 at 9:41:10 GMT+9
> To: 94all <at> ietf.org
> Cc: 94attendees <at> ietf.org, Niels ten Oever <niels <at> article19.org>
> Subject: [94all] Screening film 'Net of Rights' ahead of plenary
> Members of the proposed IRTF research group on human
> rights protocol considerations (HRPC), conducted
> interviews at the IETF92 meeting in Dallas to improve
> the groups understanding on the views held in the IETF
> community on the relation between human rights and
> Internet protocols. These interviews have now been
> edited into a film. This film which will premiere at
> IETF94, where it will be shown ahead of the plenary
> during the 15:00-15:30 break. There will also be a few
> minutes for Q&A. You are all very much invited to come
> and watch the screening. The location is rooms 301-304.
> Jari Arkko, IETF Chair and Niels ten Oever, Article 19
> _______________________________________________
> 94all mailing list
> 94all <at> ietf.org
> https://www.ietf.org/mailman/listinfo/94all

Eggert, Lars | 7 Oct 06:03 2015

Deadline in 3 weeks! Call for Nominations: 2016 Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP)

                 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:



***     Submit nominations for the 2016 award period of the      ***
***  Applied Networking Research Prize until October 31, 2015!   ***
***                                                              ***
***    (Please share this announcement with your colleagues.)    ***

The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) is awarded for recent
results in applied networking research that are relevant for
transitioning into shipping Internet products and related
standardization efforts. Researchers with relevant, recent results
are encouraged to apply for this prize, which will offer them the
opportunity to present and discuss their work with the engineers,
network operators, policy makers and scientists that participate in
the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and its research arm, the
Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). Third-party nominations for this
prize are also encouraged. The goal of the Applied Networking
Research Prize is to recognize the best new ideas in networking, and
bring them to the IETF and IRTF especially in cases where they would
not otherwise see much exposure or discussion.

The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) consists of:

• cash prize of $500 (USD)
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Eggert, Lars | 21 Sep 15:47 2015

Applied Networking Research Prize 2015 presentations at IETF-94


we are extremely pleased to report that for the 2015 award period of
the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP), 33 eligible nominations
were received. Each submission was reviewed by 3-5 members of the
selection committee according to a diverse set of criteria, including
scientific excellence and substance, timeliness, relevance, and
potential impact on the Internet.

Based on this review, five submissions are awarded an Applied
Networking Research Prize in 2015. Two prize winners will present
their work at the IRTF Open Meeting during IETF-94 in Yokohama, Japan.
The ANRPs for IETF-94 go to:

*** Xiao Sophia Wang *** for a systematic study of web page load times
under SPDY:

    Xiao Sophia Wang, Aruna Balasubramanian, Arvind Krishnamurthy and
    David Wetherall. How Speedy is SPDY? Proc. USENIX Symposium on
    Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), Seattle, WA,
    USA, April 2-4, 2014.

*** Roland van Rijswijk-Deij *** for a detailed measurement study on a
large dataset of DNSSEC-signed domains:

    Roland van Rijswijk-Deij, Anna Sperotto, and Aiko Pras. DNSSEC and
    its Potential for DDoS Attacks: A Comprehensive Measurement Study.
    Proc. ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Vancouver, BC,
    Canada, November 2014.

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Eggert, Lars | 19 Sep 07:14 2015

DOE Network 2025 Challenges - Call for Position Papers

(I am not normally allowing CFPs on irtf-announce, but because this one is by a funding source that may
affect a sizable chunk of our community, I'm making an exception.)

                    DOE Network 2025 Challenges

                      Call for Position Papers

The US Department of Energy Office of Science - Advanced Scientific
Computing Research (DOE/SC - ASCR) program office is pleased to
announce the Network 2025 Challenges workshop. This workshop will be
held Feb 1-2, 2016 in the Washington, DC area. DOE/SC operates a large
collection of unique experimental and computing facilities, which
generate and consume petabytes of data on a monthly basis
(http://science.energy.gov/user-facilities/user-facilities-at-a-glance/). The
goal of this workshop is to engage and coordinate the computer
communications research community with the DOE/SC science communities
to articulate the network and transport layer research challenges for
the next decade.

The workshop is intended to foster discussions that will generate a
roadmap which is expected to guide a multi-program, decade-long
network and transport layer research effort as part of a larger,
comprehensive network research program to support DOE's science
missions. Other workshops will address other layers of the network
stack. Of particular interest are medium-term (5-year) challenges,
long-term (10-year) challenges, and non-traditional challenges ("what
if...") that present unique opportunities for DOE's scientific
networking needs.

Attendance at this workshop will be limited and informed by position
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Eggert, Lars | 27 Jul 11:23 2015

Preliminary IRTFOPEN minutes from IETF-93


thanks to Niels ten Oever and Mirja Kühlewind, our preliminary minutes from the Prague IRTFOPEN minutes
are up.

Please look them over and correct them, especially if you spoke at a microphone:


Eggert, Lars | 24 Jun 23:41 2015

IRTF & ISOC Workshop on Research and Applications of Internet Measurements (RAIM) in Cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM


to increase collaboration between industry and academia in the field of networking, the Internet
Research Task Force (IRTF) and the Internet Society (ISOC) in cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM are
organizing a workshop on Research and Applications of Internet Measurements (RAIM), scheduled for the
Saturday in between the 2015 ACM SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) in Tokyo and the 94th
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Yokohama.

Submission deadline:	Friday, August 7, 2015
Notifications:		Friday, August 28, 2015
Workshop date:		Saturday, October 31, 2015

Details and submission instructions at https://irtf.org/raim-2015

Eggert, Lars | 24 Jun 18:35 2015

Prague IETF Guest Day

IETF Guest Day

To:  University Professors, Students and Local ISOC Chapter Members

Join the Internet's Leading Engineers in Prague! Experience first
hand the Internet standards process and meet the world's leading
Internet engineers, developers and researchers. We expect 1,200
attendees from more than 60 countries.

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) will convene July 19 - 24
for IETF 93 at the Prague Hilton and you are invited!

The IETF is the premiere international open-standards community and
is responsible for many of the Internet's most important standards,
including TCP/IP, e-mail, instant messaging, VoIP, 3G and IPv6.  Its
work is concerned with the evolution of the Internet's architecture
and its smooth operation.  To learn more see:

The IETF is unique from other standards groups in that it is a
volunteer organization, lead by individuals, not governments or
corporations.  The IETF's processes are open to all and decisions
are made on the basis of "rough consensus and running code."   If
you are doing research in networking or communications, this is one
event you don't want to miss.

The IETF meets three times a year face-to-face to progress its work
of Internet Standards development for the betterment of the Internet
and people worldwide.

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