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Network Working Group                                        A. Melnikov
Internet-Draft                                                 Isode Ltd
Intended status: Standards Track                          March 19, 2020
Expires: September 20, 2020


      Extensions to Salted Challenge Response (SCRAM) for 2 factor
                             authentication
                      draft-melnikov-scram-2fa-00

Abstract

   This specification describes an extension to family of Simple
   Authentication and Security Layer (SASL; RFC 4422) authentication
   mechanisms called the Salted Challenge Response Authentication
   Mechanism (SCRAM), which provides support for 2 factor
   authentication.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Conventions Used in This Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.1.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.2.  Notation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  SCRAM Extension for 2FA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  Formal Syntax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   5.  Examples  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   8.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   9.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5

1.  Introduction

   SCRAM [RFC5802] is a password based SASL [RFC4422] authentication
   mechanism that provides (among other things) mutual authentication
   and binding to an external security layer such as TLS.

   Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a way to add additional security
   to an authentication exchange.  The first "factor" is a password.
   The second "factor" is a verification code retrieved from an
   application on a mobile device or computer.  2FA is conceptually
   similar to a security token device that banks in some countries
   require for online banking.  Other names for 2FA systems include OTP
   (one-time password) and TOTP (Time-based One-time Password
   algorithm).

   This specification describes an extension to SCRAM to provide 2
   factor authentication.  SCRAM already relies on passwords for
   authentication.  This document specifies how second "factors" can be
   incorporated into SCRAM authentication.

2.  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 [RFC2119].

   Formal syntax is defined by [RFC5234] including the core rules
   defined in Appendix B of [RFC5234].

   Example lines prefaced by "C:" are sent by the client and ones
   prefaced by "S:" by the server.  If a single "C:" or "S:" label



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   applies to multiple lines, then the line breaks between those lines
   are for editorial clarity only, and are not part of the actual
   protocol exchange.

2.1.  Terminology

   This document uses several terms defined in [RFC4949] ("Internet
   Security Glossary") including the following: authentication,
   authentication exchange, authentication information, brute force,
   challenge-response, cryptographic hash function, dictionary attack,
   eavesdropping, hash result, keyed hash, man-in-the-middle, nonce,
   one-way encryption function, password, replay attack and salt.
   Readers not familiar with these terms should use that glossary as a
   reference.  Other terms defined in [RFC5802] are also used in this
   document.

2.2.  Notation

   This document reuses notation defined in SCRAM.

3.  SCRAM Extension for 2FA

   This extension doesn't add any extra roundtrips to SCRAM
   authentication.  SCRAM was designed to be extensible, so it allows
   for optional and mandatory attributes, which covered by MAC codes.
   Second "factors" are conveyed in the second message sent from the
   client to the server.

   This extension doesn't change how the client authenticates the
   server.

   The server authenticates the client after receiving the second
   message as described in Section 3 of [RFC5802] If the client included
   "type" and "second-factor" attributes (see Section 4) and the server
   supports the specified second factor type, the server verifies
   content of the "second-factor" according to the "type".  If the
   second factor verification fails, the server MUST fail authentication
   and SHOULD return "second-factor-failed" error in the "e" attribute.
   [[It would be possible to make the extra attributes mandatory by
   using SCRAM's "m=", but the text above doesn't do that.]]

4.  Formal Syntax

   This document defines the following SCRAM attributes:

   o  t: This attribute specifies the type of second factor.  (Create
      IANA registry for these?)  This document defines one type: "otp".
      If this attribute is specified, the "f" attribute MUST also be



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      specified.

   o  f: This attribute specifies the value of the second factor.  For
      "t=otp" it is 6 digit decimal number.  This attribute MUST be
      ignored unless the "t" attribute is also specified.

   The following syntax specification uses the Augmented Backus-Naur
   Form (ABNF) notation as specified in [RFC5234].


      type            = "t=" type-value
                    ; Complies with "attr-val" syntax.
      type-value      = "otp" / value
                    ; Type of second factor.
                    ; Should be registered with IANA.
      second-factor   = "f=" second-factor-value
                    ; Complies with "attr-val" syntax.
      second-factor-value = 6DIGIT / value

      server-error-value-ext =
              "second-factor-failed" /
              "second-factor-value-missing"

      value = <as defined in RFC 5802>


5.  Examples

   The following example extends the example from Section 5 of
   [RFC5802]:


     C: n,,n=user,r=fyko+d2lbbFgONRv9qkxdawL
     S: r=fyko+d2lbbFgONRv9qkxdawL3rfcNHYJY1ZVvWVs7j,s=QSXCR+Q6sek8bf92,
        i=4096
     C: c=biws,r=fyko+d2lbbFgONRv9qkxdawL3rfcNHYJY1ZVvWVs7j,
        t=otp,f=776804,
            p=v0X8v3Bz2T0CJGbJQyF0X+HI4Ts=
     S: v=lz59pqV8S7suAoZWja4dJRkFsKQ=


6.  Security Considerations

   TBD







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7.  IANA Considerations

   TBD.  Possibly create a new registry of second factor types.

8.  Acknowledgements

   Thank you to Stephen Farrell for motivating creation of this
   document.

9.  Normative References

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2119>.

   [RFC4422]  Melnikov, A., Ed. and K. Zeilenga, Ed., "Simple
              Authentication and Security Layer (SASL)", RFC 4422,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC4422, June 2006,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4422>.

   [RFC4949]  Shirey, R., "Internet Security Glossary, Version 2",
              FYI 36, RFC 4949, DOI 10.17487/RFC4949, August 2007,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4949>.

   [RFC5234]  Crocker, D., Ed. and P. Overell, "Augmented BNF for Syntax
              Specifications: ABNF", STD 68, RFC 5234,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC5234, January 2008,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5234>.

   [RFC5802]  Newman, C., Menon-Sen, A., Melnikov, A., and N. Williams,
              "Salted Challenge Response Authentication Mechanism
              (SCRAM) SASL and GSS-API Mechanisms", RFC 5802,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC5802, July 2010,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5802>.

Author's Address

   Alexey Melnikov
   Isode Ltd

   Email: Alexey.Melnikov@isode.com









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