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The Camellia Cipher in OpenPGP.
D. Shaw. June 2009.

 
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Network Working Group D. Shaw Request for Comments: 5581 June 2009 Updates: 4880 Category: Informational The Camellia Cipher in OpenPGP Status of This Memo This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited. Copyright Notice Copyright (c) 2009 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the document authors. All rights reserved. This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal Provisions Relating to IETF Documents in effect on the date of publication of this document (http://trustee.ietf.org/license-info). Please review these documents carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect to this document. Abstract This document presents the necessary information to use the Camellia symmetric block cipher in the OpenPGP protocol. Table of Contents 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2. Requirements Notation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 3. Camellia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 4. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 5. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 6. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Shaw Informational [Page 1]
RFC 5581 The Camellia Cipher in OpenPGP June 2009 1. Introduction The OpenPGP protocol [RFC4880] can support many different symmetric ciphers. This document presents the necessary information to use the Camellia [RFC3713] symmetric cipher in the OpenPGP protocol. 2. Requirements Notation 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]. 3. Camellia Camellia is specified in [RFC3713]. It is a 128-bit symmetric block cipher (as are AES and Twofish in OpenPGP) that supports 128-bit, 192-bit, and 256-bit keys. This document defines the use of Camellia in OpenPGP. +---------------------+----------------------------------------+ | Camellia Key Length | OpenPGP Symmetric-Key Algorithm Number | +---------------------+----------------------------------------+ | 128 | 11 | | 192 | 12 | | 256 | 13 | +---------------------+----------------------------------------+ OpenPGP applications MAY implement Camellia. If implemented, Camellia may be used in any place in OpenPGP where a symmetric cipher is usable, and it is subject to the same usage requirements (such as its presence in the Preferred Symmetric Algorithms signature subpacket) as the other symmetric ciphers in OpenPGP. While the OpenPGP algorithm preferences system prevents interoperability problems with public key encrypted messages, if Camellia (or any other optional cipher) is used for encrypting private keys, there could be interoperability problems when migrating a private key from one system to another. A similar issue can arise when using an optional cipher for symmetrically encrypted messages, as this OpenPGP message type does not use the algorithm preferences system. Those using optional ciphers in this manner should take care they are using a cipher that their intended recipient can decrypt. 4. Security Considerations At publication time, there are no known weak keys for Camellia, and the Camellia algorithm is believed to be strong. However, as with any technology involving cryptography, implementers should check the Shaw Informational [Page 2]
RFC 5581 The Camellia Cipher in OpenPGP June 2009 current literature, as well as the Camellia home page at http://info.isl.ntt.co.jp/camellia/ to determine if Camellia has been found to be vulnerable to attack. 5. IANA Considerations IANA assigned three algorithm numbers from the registry of OpenPGP Symmetric-Key Algorithms that was created by [RFC4880]. 6. Normative References [RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997. [RFC3713] Matsui, M., Nakajima, J., and S. Moriai, "A Description of the Camellia Encryption Algorithm", RFC 3713, April 2004. [RFC4880] Callas, J., Donnerhacke, L., Finney, H., Shaw, D., and R. Thayer, "OpenPGP Message Format", RFC 4880, November 2007. Author's Address David Shaw EMail: dshaw@jabberwocky.com Shaw Informational [Page 3]

   

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