2.6.3 IP Security Policy (ipsp)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 58th IETF Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. It may now be out-of-date.

Last Modified: 2003-10-16

Hilarie Orman <ho@alum.mit.edu>
Luis Sanchez <lsanchez@xapiens.com>
Security Area Director(s):
Russell Housley <housley@vigilsec.com>
Steven Bellovin <smb@research.att.com>
Security Area Advisor:
Steven Bellovin <smb@research.att.com>
Technical Advisor(s):
Lee Rafalow <rafalow@us.ibm.com>
Mailing Lists:
General Discussion: ipsec-policy@vpnc.org
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Archive: http://www.vpnc.org/ipsec-policy/
Description of Working Group:
The rapid growth of the Internet and the need to control access to network resources (bandwidth, routers, hosts, etc.) has quickly generated the need for representing, discovering, exchanging and managing the policies that control access to these resources in a scalable, secured and reliable fashion.

Current IP security protocols and algorithms [RFCs 2401-2412, 2085, 2104 and 2451] can exchange keying material using IKE [RFC2409] and protect data flows using the AH [RFC2402] and/or ESP protocols [RFC2406]. The scope of IKE limits the protocol to the authenticated exchange of keying material and associated policy information between the end-points of a security association.

However, along the path of a communication, there may be administrative entities that need to impose policy constraints on entities such as security gateways and router filters. There also is a need for end-points of a security association and/or, for their respective administrative entities, to securely discover and negotiate access control information for the end hosts and for the policy enforcement points (security gateways, routers, etc.) along the path of the communication.

To address these problems the IPSP Working Group will:

1) Specify a repository-independant Information Model for supporting IP security Policies. This model preferrably derives from the Information Model as defined in the Policy Framework WG.

2) Develop or adopt an extensible policy specification language. The language should be generic enough to support policies in other protocol domains, but must provide the necessary security mechanisms that are vital to IPSEC.

3) provide guidelines for the provisioning of IPsec policies using existing policy distribution protocols. This includes profiles for distributing IPsec policies over protocols such as LDAP, COPS, SNMP, and FTP,

4) adopt or develop a policy exchange and negotiation protocol. The protocol must be capable of: i) discovering policy servers, ii) distributing and negotiating security policies, and; iii) resolving policy conflicts in both intra/inter domain environments. The protocol must be independent of any security protocol suite and key management protocol. Existing protocol work in the IETF, such as SLP, will be considered if such protocols meet the requirements of this work.

5) Work with the "Policy Terminology" design team to define a common set of terms used in documents in the area of Policy Based (Network) Management.

The proposed work item for this group would yield standards that are compatible with the existing IPsec architecture [RFC 2401] and IKE [RFC 2409], complementing the standards work achieved by the IPsec Working Group. The data model, specification language and exchange protocol will evolve from some of the work previously published in the following documents:






This group will also coordinate with other IETF working groups working on specifying policies and policies schemas in order to maintain compatibility and interoperability. In particular, this working group will work closely with the Policy Framework WG to ensure that the IPsec Policy Information and data model fits and can be supported within the general Policy Framework.

Goals and Milestones:
Jun 03  Post an Internet-Draft on PF_Policy
Jun 03  Post an Internet-Draft on a SG discovery, Policy Exchange and Negotiation Protocol
Dec 03  Submit applicable drafts for PS consideration
Mar 04  Begin Interoperability testing
  • - draft-ietf-ipsp-ipsecpib-08.txt
  • - draft-ietf-ipsp-ipsec-apireq-00.txt
  • Request For Comments:
    RFC3585 PS IPsec Configuration Policy Information Model
    RFC3586 I IP Security Policy Requirements

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