Abstract: Since the initial revelations of pervasive surveillance in 2013, several classes of attacks on Internet communications have been discovered. In this document, we develop a threat model that describes these attacks on Internet confidentiality. We assume an attacker that is interested in undetected, indiscriminate eavesdropping. The threat model is based on published, verified attacks.
This is an announcement of an IETF-wide Call for Comment on draft-iab-xml2rfcv2-01.
The document is being considered for publication as an Informational RFC within the IAB stream, and is available for inspection here:
Please note that the purpose of the document is to represent the state of the vocabulary as actually implemented in the xml2rfc system as of current writing. Therefore, if you have particular concerns about the design or functionality described in this I-D, the comments about those issues are best addressed to the authors of another draft (draft-hoffman-xml2rfc-21). Discussion of that draft is active on the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list. We ask that comments about this draft focus on the degree to which it accurately reflects the current xml2rfc implementation, and whether it is clear, comprehensible, useful, and complete.
The Call for Comment will last until 2015-09-02. Please send comments to email@example.com. The RFC Editor has also asked that firstname.lastname@example.org be copied.
The IAB (on behalf of the IETF) has been asked to supply a member to the 2016 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom). The IAB would therefore like to ask the community for volunteers to serve on the ICANN NomCom. Last year, John Levine did the job for the IETF community, and he is willing to serve again. The IAB would like to see whether others are interested in serving in this capacity.
If you are interested in serving on the ICANN NomCom, please send a short e-mail to iab-chair at iab.org and execd at iab.org with your motivation and information concerning your familiarity with the IETF and ICANN. Alternatively, if you know of someone who may be a good fit for this position, please send the name and email address to e-mail to iab-chair at iab.org and execd at iab.org. The deadline for nominations or volunteers is 28 August 2015. Continue reading
The IAB has been deliberating the selection of the liaison from the IETF community to ICANN Board over the past several weeks. After seeking feedback from the IETF community, the IAB has decided to re-appoint Jonne Soininen to this position.
The IAB extends our sincere thanks to Jonne for serving the community in this role.
On behalf of the IAB,
Managing Radio Networks in an Encrypted World (MaRNEW) Workshop
Thursday 24th – Friday 25th September, 2015, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
AT&T Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Mobile networks have a set of requirements and properties which places a large emphasis on sophisticated bandwidth optimization. Encryption is increasing on the internet which is a good thing for consumer and business privacy and security. Many existing mobile bandwidth optimization solutions primarily operate on non-encrypted communications; this can lead to performance issues being amplified on mobile networks. Encryption on networks will continue to increase; and with this understanding the workshop aims to understand how we can solve the issues of bandwidth optimization and performance on radio networks in this encrypted world. Continue reading
The IAB has published a statement on the trade in security technologies.
The IAB is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Migault as the IETF liaison to the ICANN Root Server System Advisory Council (RSSAC).
The IAB thanks all those who volunteered to serve, and thanks Daniel for taking on the task.
On 3 June 2015, the IAB sent comments to the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability. The full comments may be viewed here.
On 30 April and 1 May 2015, Ted Hardie and I participated in a meeting of several Internet organizations. Jari Arkko and Barry Leiba brought an IETF perspective to the meeting; other participants came from ISOC, the various RIRs, the W3C, several ccTLDs, and ICANN. All these involved organizations share an abiding, firm commitment to the open Internet.
The IAB has, as part of its responsibilities, the job of providing a useful interface to the world outside the IETF. I think sometimes we don’t do as good a job as we might at linking up with others in the technical community, and this meeting was my first opportunity as IAB Chair to work on that job.
This is a recurring meeting that operates at a pretty high level; it’s mostly chairs and CEOs, who are looking at broad issues, rather than detailed work. The meetings are not for making decisions or taking action as a standalone group, but to help coordinate a set of groups interested in cooperating with each other. But the discussion is extremely frank and direct, and the meetings help make sure the different organizations don’t surprise each other.
In a couple of sessions we talked about the IANA transition, and how far along the Internet community is. There’s been an enormous amount of work towards that from many of the organizations who attended the meeting. We all know about the good shape the IETF’s proposal on IANA transition is. We were happy to hear about the completion of the number resource community’s work, and to get a better sense of the efforts of the names community as well, since it has recently submitted its proposal.
The overall progress reflects the fundamental strength of our various community- and consensus-based processes. This network of different processes shows off the great strength of the Internet. We’ve evolved slightly different special-purpose ways of working appropriate to each community, but all using the same basic approach of listening to our communities and trusting them to get work done. That is what makes this community-based process so much more robust than tightly controlled policy systems. The Internet’s operational stability depends on that mature, distributed model, because the approach we have is at once vital enough yet stable enough to grow to face new challenges in the future.
The group did not talk only about IANA transition. From our own corner, we explored some of the consequences of the “IAB Statement on Internet Confidentiality” for the Internet operations community. That led us to discuss some of the things we’ve been hearing from mobile operators. We also started to ask one another about the consequences of increasingly closed services being built on top of the open infrastructure.
The IAB has raised this issue in its own discussions, and it cuts across some of our programs. Both in that context and more generally, Ted and I also reported to the others about IAB programs: what they are, how they work, and what we’re trying to achieve with them. We learned about various initiatives in other communities, allowing us to keep the IAB up to date on what else is going on in other organizations. We similarly collaborated in thinking about communication goals for upcoming inter-governmental activities.
Jari had more to say about the meeting, but I wanted to give my own view of it to the community. I think it is good for the organizations who support the open Internet to share insights from time to time. While we certainly aren’t trying to fully align our organizations, the extent to which we are singing from the same song book is heartening; while we’re not aiming for unison, the apparent harmony is pretty sweet.
– Andrew Sullivan, IAB Chair
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Gonzalo Camarillo and John Levine to the Internet Society Board of Trustees. They will sit as trustees for three years, beginning at the ISOC Annual General Meeting this July.
We thank all those who volunteered to serve, and thank Gonzalo and John for taking on the task.
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