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Network Working Group                                           C. Wendt
Internet-Draft                                                D. Hancock
Intended status: Standards Track                                 Comcast
Expires: April 25, 2019                                        M. Barnes
                                                             J. Peterson
                                                            Neustar Inc.
                                                        October 22, 2018

               TNAuthList profile of ACME Authority Token


   This document defines a profile of the Automated Certificate
   Management Environment (ACME) Authority Token for the automated and
   authorized creation of certificates for VoIP Telephone Providers to
   support Secure Telephony Identity (STI) using the TNAuthList defined
   by STI certificates.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  ACME new-order identifiers for TNAuthList . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  TNAuthList Identifier Authorization . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   5.  TNAuthList Authority Token  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     5.1.  "iss" claim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     5.2.  "exp" claim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     5.3.  "jti" claim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     5.4.  "atc" claim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     5.5.  Acquiring the token from the Token Authority  . . . . . .   8
     5.6.  Token Authority Responsibilities  . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   6.  Validating the TNAuthList Authority Token . . . . . . . . . .   8
   7.  Usage Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     7.1.  Large number of Non-contiguous TNAuthList values  . . . .   9
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   9.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   10. Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   11. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     11.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     11.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11

1.  Introduction

   [I-D.ietf-acme-acme] is a mechanism for automating certificate
   management on the Internet.  It enables administrative entities to
   prove effective control over resources like domain names, and
   automates the process of generating and issuing certificates.
   [I-D.ietf-acme-authority-token] extends ACME to provide a general
   method of extending the authority and authorization of entities to
   control a resource via a third party Token Authority beyond the
   Certification Authority.

   This document addresses the STIR problem statement [RFC7340] which
   identifies the need for Internet credentials that can attest
   authority for the originator of VoIP calls in order to detect
   impersonation, which is currently an enabler for common attacks
   associated with illegal robocalling, voicemail hacking, and swatting.
   These credentials are used to sign PASSporTs [RFC8225], which can be
   carried in using protocols such as SIP [RFC8224].  Currently, the

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   only defined credentials for this purpose are the certificates
   specified in [RFC8226].

   [RFC8226] describes certificate extensions suitable for associating
   telephone numbers and service provider codes with certificates.
   Specifically, the TN Authorization List defined in [RFC8226]
   Section 9, defines the ability to associate a STI certificate with a
   specific set of Service Provider Codes (SPCs), Telephone Numbers
   (TNs), or Telephone Number ranges (TN ranges).  Typically, these
   identifiers have been assigned to a Communications Service Provider
   (CSP) that is authorized to use a set of telephone numbers or
   telephone number ranges in association with a Service Provider Code
   as defined in [RFC8226].  The SPC is a unique code or string managed
   by a national regulatory body that has the authority over those code-
   to-CSP associations.

2.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

3.  ACME new-order identifiers for TNAuthList

   In [I-D.ietf-acme-acme], Section 7.4 defines the procedure that an
   ACME client uses to order a new certificate from a Certification
   Authority.  The new-order request contains an identifier field that
   specifies the identifier objects the order corresponds to.  This
   draft defines a new type of identifier object called TNAuthList.  A
   TNAuthList identifier contains the identity information to be
   populated in the TN Authorization List of the new certificate.  For
   the TNAuthList identifier, the new-order request MUST include a type
   set to the string "TNAuthList".  The value of the TNAuthList
   identifier MUST be set to the details of the TNAuthList requested.

   The format of the string that represents the TNAuthList MUST be
   constructed as a base64 [RFC4648] encoding of the TN Authorization
   List certificate extension ASN.1 object.  The TN Authorization List
   certificate extension ASN.1 syntax is defined in [RFC8226] section 9.

   An example of an ACME order object "identifiers" field containing a
   TNAuthList certificate would look as follows,

    "identifiers": [{"type":"TNAuthList","value":"F83n2a...avn27DN3=="}]

   where the "value" object string represents the arbitrary length
   base64 encoded string.

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   A full new-order request would look as follows,

POST /acme/new-order HTTP/1.1
Host: example.com
Content-Type: application/jose+json

  "protected": base64url({
    "alg": "ES256",
    "kid": "https://example.com/acme/acct/1",
    "nonce": "5XJ1L3lEkMG7tR6pA00clA",
    "url": "https://example.com/acme/new-order"
  "payload": base64url({
    "identifiers": [{"type:"TNAuthList","value":"F83n2a...avn27DN3=="}],
    "notBefore": "2016-01-01T00:00:00Z",
    "notAfter": "2016-01-08T00:00:00Z"
  "signature": "H6ZXtGjTZyUnPeKn...wEA4TklBdh3e454g"

   On receiving a valid new-order request, the CA creates an
   authorization object containing the challenge that the ACME client
   must satisfy to demonstrate authority for the identifiers specified
   by the new order (in this case, the TNAuthList identifier).  The CA
   adds the authorization object URL to the "authorizations" field of
   the order object, and returns the order object to the ACME client in
   the body of a 201 (Created) response.

   HTTP/1.1 201 Created
   Replay-Nonce: MYAuvOpaoIiywTezizk5vw
   Location: https://example.com/acme/order/1234

     "status": "pending",
     "expires": "2015-03-01T14:09:00Z",

     "notBefore": "2016-01-01T00:00:00Z",
     "notAfter": "2016-01-08T00:00:00Z",

     "authorizations": [
     "finalize": "https://example.com/acme/order/1234/finalize"

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4.  TNAuthList Identifier Authorization

   On receiving the new-order response, the ACME client queries the
   referenced authorization object to obtain the challenges for the
   identifier contained in the new-order request as shown in the
   following example request and response.

   POST /acme/authz/1234 HTTP/1.1
       Host: example.com
       Content-Type: application/jose+json

         "protected": base64url({
           "alg": "ES256",
           "kid": " https://example.com/acme/acct/1",
           "nonce": "uQpSjlRb4vQVCjVYAyyUWg",
           "url": "https://example.com/acme/authz/1234",
         "payload": "",
         "signature": "nuSDISbWG8mMgE7H...QyVUL68yzf3Zawps"

   HTTP/1.1 200 OK
   Content-Type: application/json
   Link: <https://example.com/acme/some-directory>;rel="index"

     "status": "pending",
     "expires": "2018-03-03T14:09:00Z",

     "identifier": {

     "challenges": [
         "type": "tkauth-01",
         "tkauth-type": "ATC",
         "token-authority": "https://authority.example.org/authz",
         "url": "https://boulder.example.com/authz/asdf/0"
         "token": "IlirfxKKXAsHtmzK29Pj8A"

   When processing a certificate order containing an identifier of type
   "TNAuthList", a CA MUST use the Authority Token challenge mechanism

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   defined in [I-D.ietf-acme-authority-token] to verify that the
   requesting ACME client has authenticated and authorized control over
   the requested resources represented by the "TNAuthList" value.

   The challenge "token-authority" parameter is optional and only used
   in cases where the VoIP telephone network requires the CA to identify
   the Token Authority.  This is currently not the case for the SHAKEN
   [ATIS-1000080] certificate framework governance, but may be used by
   other frameworks.  If a "token-authority" parameter is present, then
   the ACME client MAY use the "token-authority" value to identify the
   URL representing the Token Authority that will provide the TNAuthList
   Authority Token response to the challenge.  If the "token-authority"
   parameter is not present, then the ACME client MUST identify the
   Token Authority based on locally configured information or local

   The ACME client MUST respond to the challenge by posting the
   TNAuthList Authority Token to the challenge URL identified in the
   returned ACME authorization object, an example of which follows.

        POST /acme/authz/asdf/0 HTTP/1.1
        Host: boulder.example.com
        Content-Type: application/jose+json

         "protected": base64url({
         "alg": "ES256",
         "kid": "https://example.com/acme/acct/1",
         "nonce": "Q_s3MWoqT05TrdkM2MTDcw",
         "url": "https://boulder.example.com/acme/authz/asdf/0"
         "payload": base64url({
         "ATC": "DGyRejmCefe7v4N...vb29HhjjLPSggwiE"
         "signature": "9cbg5JO1Gf5YLjjz...SpkUfcdPai9uVYYQ"

   The specifics of the construction of the TNAuthList specific "ATC"
   token is defined in the next section.

5.  TNAuthList Authority Token

   The Telephone Number Authority List Authority Token (TNAuthList
   Authority Token) is an extension of the ACME Authority Token defined
   in [I-D.ietf-acme-authority-token].

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   The TNAuthList Authority Token Protected header MUST comply with the
   Authority Token Protected header as defined in

   The TNAuthList Authority Token Payload MUST include the mandatory
   claims and MAY include the optional claims defined for the Authority
   Token detailed in the next subsections.

5.1.  "iss" claim

   The "iss" claim is an optional claim.  It can be used as a URL
   identifying the Token Authority that issued the TNAuthList Authority
   Token beyond the "x5u" Header claim that identifies the location of
   the certificate of the Token Authority used to validate the
   TNAuthList Authority Token.

5.2.  "exp" claim

   The "exp" claim contains the DateTime value of the ending date and
   time that the TNAuthList Authority Token expires.

5.3.  "jti" claim

   The "jti" claim contains a unique identifier for this TNAuthList
   Authority Token transaction.

5.4.  "atc" claim

   The "atc" claim is the only claim specifically defined in this
   document.  It contains an array of three elements; a string set to
   "TNAuthList", the TNAuthList identifier "value" string, and a

   The "fingerprint" value is a fingerprint, as defined in [RFC4949] of
   the ACME account credentials.  Specifically, the fingerprint value is
   a secure one-way hash of the Distinguished Encoding Rules (DER) form
   of the public key corresponding to the key pair the SP used to create
   the account with the ACME server.  The fingerprint value consists of
   the name of the hash function, which shall be 'SHA256' for this
   specification, followed by the hash value itself.  The hash value is
   represented as a sequence of uppercase hexadecimal bytes, separated
   by colons.  The number of bytes is defined by the hash function.

   An example of the TNAuthList Authority Token is as follows,

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   { "typ":"JWT",

      "SHA256 56:3E:CF:AE:83:CA:4D:15:B0:29:FF:1B:71:D3:BA:B9:19:81:F8:50:

   Similar to the definition for the TNAuthList identifier "value"
   string, the identifier value in the "atc" claim must contain the
   base64 encoding of the TN Authorization List certificate extension
   ASN.1 object.

5.5.  Acquiring the token from the Token Authority

   The specifics of how the token is acquired from the authority is out
   of the scope of this document

5.6.  Token Authority Responsibilities

   When the Token Authority creates the TnAuthList Authority Token, it
   is the responsibility of the Token Authority to validate that the
   information contained in the ASN.1 TNAuthList accurately represents
   the SPC or telephone number resources the ACME client is authorized
   to represent.

6.  Validating the TNAuthList Authority Token

   Upon receiving a response to the challenge, the ACME server MUST
   perform the following steps to determine the validity of the

   o  Verify that the token contained in the Payload "ATC" field is an
      TNAuthList Authority Token.

   o  Verify the TNAuthList Authority Token signature using the public
      key of the certificate referenced by the token's "x5u" parameter.

   o  Verify that "atc" claim contains an identifier type of

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   o  Verify that the "atc" claim contains the equivalent base64 encoded
      TNAuthList certificate extension string value as the Identifier
      specified in the original challenge.

   o  Verify that the remaining claims are valid (e.g., verify that
      token has not expired)

   o  Verify that the "atc" claim "fingerprint" is valid

   If all steps in the token validation process pass, then the CA MUST
   set the challenge object "status" to "valid".  If any step of the
   validation process fails, the "status" in the challenge object MUST
   be set to "invalid".

7.  Usage Considerations

7.1.  Large number of Non-contiguous TNAuthList values

   There are many scenarios and reasons to have various combinations of
   SPCs, TNs, and TN Ranges.  [RFC8226] has provided a somewhat
   unbounded set of combinations.  It's possible that a complex non-
   contiguous set of telephone numbers are being managed by a CSP.  Best
   practice may be simply to split a set of non-contiguous numbers under
   management into multiple STI certificates to represent the various
   contiguous parts of the greater non-contiguous set of TNs,
   particularly if length of the set of values in identifier object
   grows to be too large.

8.  Security Considerations


9.  IANA Considerations

   This document requests the addition of a new identifier object type
   that can be present in the identifier field of the ACME authorization
   object defined in [I-D.ietf-acme-acme].

                            |   Label    | Reference |
                            | TNAuthList |  RFCThis  |

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10.  Acknowledgements

   We would like to thank Richard Barnes and Russ Housley for valuable
   contributions to this document.

11.  References

11.1.  Normative References

              Barnes, R., Hoffman-Andrews, J., McCarney, D., and J.
              Kasten, "Automatic Certificate Management Environment
              (ACME)", draft-ietf-acme-acme-16 (work in progress),
              October 2018.

              Peterson, J., Barnes, M., Hancock, D., and C. Wendt, "ACME
              Challenges Using an Authority Token", draft-ietf-acme-
              authority-token-00 (work in progress), July 2018.

   [RFC4648]  Josefsson, S., "The Base16, Base32, and Base64 Data
              Encodings", RFC 4648, DOI 10.17487/RFC4648, October 2006,

   [RFC4949]  Shirey, R., "Internet Security Glossary, Version 2",
              FYI 36, RFC 4949, DOI 10.17487/RFC4949, August 2007,

   [RFC7340]  Peterson, J., Schulzrinne, H., and H. Tschofenig, "Secure
              Telephone Identity Problem Statement and Requirements",
              RFC 7340, DOI 10.17487/RFC7340, September 2014,

   [RFC8224]  Peterson, J., Jennings, C., Rescorla, E., and C. Wendt,
              "Authenticated Identity Management in the Session
              Initiation Protocol (SIP)", RFC 8224,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8224, February 2018,

   [RFC8225]  Wendt, C. and J. Peterson, "PASSporT: Personal Assertion
              Token", RFC 8225, DOI 10.17487/RFC8225, February 2018,

   [RFC8226]  Peterson, J. and S. Turner, "Secure Telephone Identity
              Credentials: Certificates", RFC 8226,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8226, February 2018,

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11.2.  Informative References

              ATIS/SIP Forum NNI Task Group, "Signature-based Handling
              of Asserted information using toKENs (SHAKEN)
              download.php/32237/ATIS-1000074.pdf>", January 2017.

              ATIS/SIP Forum NNI Task Group, "Signature-based Handling
              of Asserted information using toKENs (SHAKEN) Governance
              Model and Certificate Management
              download.php/32237/ATIS-1000080.pdf>", July 2017.

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,

Authors' Addresses

   Chris Wendt
   One Comcast Center
   Philadelphia, PA  19103

   Email: chris-ietf@chriswendt.net

   David Hancock

   Email: davidhancock.ietf@gmail.com

   Mary Barnes

   Email: mary.ietf.barnes@gmail.com

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   Jon Peterson
   Neustar Inc.
   1800 Sutter St Suite 570
   Concord, CA  94520

   Email: jon.peterson@neustar.biz

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