RFC 9185

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          P. Jones
Request for Comments: 9185                                 Cisco Systems
Category: Informational                                    P. Ellenbogen
ISSN: 2070-1721                                     Princeton University
                                                             N. Ohlmeier
                                                               8x8, Inc.
                                                              April 2022

     DTLS Tunnel between a Media Distributor and Key Distributor to
                        Facilitate Key Exchange


   This document defines a protocol for tunneling DTLS traffic in
   multimedia conferences that enables a Media Distributor to facilitate
   key exchange between an endpoint in a conference and the Key
   Distributor.  The protocol is designed to ensure that the keying
   material used for hop-by-hop encryption and authentication is
   accessible to the Media Distributor, while the keying material used
   for end-to-end encryption and authentication is inaccessible to the
   Media Distributor.

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   published for informational purposes.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction
   2.  Conventions Used in This Document
   3.  Tunneling Concept
   4.  Example Message Flows
   5.  Tunneling Procedures
     5.1.  Endpoint Procedures
     5.2.  Tunnel Establishment Procedures
     5.3.  Media Distributor Tunneling Procedures
     5.4.  Key Distributor Tunneling Procedures
     5.5.  Versioning Considerations
   6.  Tunneling Protocol
     6.1.  TunnelMessage Structure
     6.2.  SupportedProfiles Message
     6.3.  UnsupportedVersion Message
     6.4.  MediaKeys Message
     6.5.  TunneledDtls Message
     6.6.  EndpointDisconnect Message
   7.  Example Binary Encoding
   8.  IANA Considerations
   9.  Security Considerations
   10. References
     10.1.  Normative References
     10.2.  Informative References

   Authors' Addresses

1.  Introduction

   An objective of Privacy-Enhanced RTP Conferencing (PERC) [RFC8871] is
   to ensure that endpoints in a multimedia conference have access to
   the end-to-end (E2E) and hop-by-hop (HBH) keying material used to
   encrypt and authenticate Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) packets
   [RFC3550], while the Media Distributor has access only to the HBH
   keying material for encryption and authentication.

   This specification defines a tunneling protocol that enables the
   Media Distributor to tunnel DTLS messages [RFC9147] between an
   endpoint and a Key Distributor, thus allowing an endpoint to use DTLS
   for the Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (DTLS-SRTP) [RFC5764] for
   establishing encryption and authentication keys with the Key

   The tunnel established between the Media Distributor and Key
   Distributor is a TLS connection [RFC8446] that is established before
   any messages are forwarded by the Media Distributor on behalf of
   endpoints.  DTLS packets received from an endpoint are encapsulated
   by the Media Distributor inside this tunnel as data to be sent to the
   Key Distributor.  Likewise, when the Media Distributor receives data
   from the Key Distributor over the tunnel, it extracts the DTLS
   message inside and forwards the DTLS message to the endpoint.  In
   this way, the DTLS association for the DTLS-SRTP procedures is
   established between an endpoint and the Key Distributor, with the
   Media Distributor forwarding DTLS messages between the two entities
   via the established tunnel to the Key Distributor and having no
   visibility into the confidential information exchanged.

   Following the existing DTLS-SRTP procedures, the endpoint and Key
   Distributor will arrive at a selected cipher and keying material,
   which are used for HBH encryption and authentication by both the
   endpoint and the Media Distributor.  However, since the Media
   Distributor would not have direct access to this information, the Key
   Distributor explicitly shares the HBH key information with the Media
   Distributor via the tunneling protocol defined in this document.
   Additionally, the endpoint and Key Distributor will agree on a cipher
   for E2E encryption and authentication.  The Key Distributor will
   transmit keying material to the endpoint for E2E operations but will
   not share that information with the Media Distributor.

   By establishing this TLS tunnel between the Media Distributor and Key
   Distributor and implementing the protocol defined in this document,
   it is possible for the Media Distributor to facilitate the
   establishment of a secure DTLS association between an endpoint and
   the Key Distributor in order for the endpoint to generate E2E and HBH
   keying material.  At the same time, the Key Distributor can securely
   provide the HBH keying material to the Media Distributor.

2.  Conventions Used in This Document

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in
   BCP 14 [RFC2119] [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all
   capitals, as shown here.

   This document uses the terms "endpoint", "Media Distributor", and
   "Key Distributor" defined in [RFC8871].

3.  Tunneling Concept

   A TLS connection (tunnel) is established between the Media
   Distributor and the Key Distributor.  This tunnel is used to relay
   DTLS messages between the endpoint and Key Distributor, as depicted
   in Figure 1:

                              |     Key     |
                              | Distributor |
                                  # ^ ^ #
                                  # | | # <-- TLS Tunnel
                                  # | | #
     +----------+             +-------------+             +----------+
     |          |     DTLS    |             |    DTLS     |          |
     | Endpoint |<------------|    Media    |------------>| Endpoint |
     |          |    to Key   | Distributor |   to Key    |          |
     |          | Distributor |             | Distributor |          |
     +----------+             +-------------+             +----------+

                  Figure 1: TLS Tunnel to Key Distributor

   The three entities involved in this communication flow are the
   endpoint, the Media Distributor, and the Key Distributor.  The
   behavior of each entity is described in Section 5.

   The Key Distributor is a logical function that might be co-resident
   with a key management server operated by an enterprise, might reside
   in one of the endpoints participating in the conference, or might
   reside at some other location that is trusted with E2E keying

4.  Example Message Flows

   This section provides an example message flow to help clarify the
   procedures described later in this document.  It is necessary that
   the Key Distributor and Media Distributor establish a mutually
   authenticated TLS connection for the purpose of sending tunneled
   messages, though the complete TLS handshake for the tunnel is not
   shown in Figure 2 because there is nothing new this document
   introduces with regard to those procedures.

   Once the tunnel is established, it is possible for the Media
   Distributor to relay the DTLS messages between the endpoint and the
   Key Distributor.  Figure 2 shows a message flow wherein the endpoint
   uses DTLS-SRTP to establish an association with the Key Distributor.
   In the process, the Media Distributor shares its supported SRTP
   protection profile information (see [RFC5764]), and the Key
   Distributor shares the HBH keying material and selected cipher with
   the Media Distributor.

     Endpoint              Media Distributor          Key Distributor
         |                         |                         |
         |                         |<=======================>|
         |                         |    TLS Connection Made  |
         |                         |                         |
         |                         |========================>|
         |                         | SupportedProfiles       |
         |                         |                         |
         | DTLS handshake message  | TunneledDtls            |
         |                         |                         |
              .... may be multiple handshake messages ...
         |                         |                         |
         | DTLS handshake message  |            TunneledDtls |
         |                         |                         |
         |                         |                         |
         |                         |<========================|
         |                         |               MediaKeys |

             Figure 2: Sample DTLS-SRTP Exchange via the Tunnel

   After the initial TLS connection has been established, each of the
   messages on the right-hand side of Figure 2 is a tunneling protocol
   message, as defined in Section 6.

   SRTP protection profiles supported by the Media Distributor will be
   sent in a SupportedProfiles message when the TLS tunnel is initially
   established.  The Key Distributor will use that information to select
   a common profile supported by both the endpoint and the Media
   Distributor to ensure that HBH operations can be successfully

   As DTLS messages are received from the endpoint by the Media
   Distributor, they are forwarded to the Key Distributor encapsulated
   inside a TunneledDtls message.  Likewise, as TunneledDtls messages
   are received by the Media Distributor from the Key Distributor, the
   encapsulated DTLS packet is forwarded to the endpoint.

   The Key Distributor will provide the SRTP keying material [RFC3711]
   to the Media Distributor for HBH operations via the MediaKeys
   message.  The Media Distributor will extract this keying material
   from the MediaKeys message when received and use it for HBH
   encryption and authentication.

5.  Tunneling Procedures

   The following subsections explain in detail the expected behavior of
   the endpoint, the Media Distributor, and the Key Distributor.

   It is important to note that the tunneling protocol described in this
   document is not an extension to TLS or DTLS.  Rather, it is a
   protocol that transports DTLS messages generated by an endpoint or
   Key Distributor as data inside of the TLS connection established
   between the Media Distributor and Key Distributor.

5.1.  Endpoint Procedures

   The endpoint follows the procedures outlined for DTLS-SRTP [RFC5764]
   in order to establish the cipher and keys used for encryption and
   authentication, with the endpoint acting as the client and the Key
   Distributor acting as the server.  The endpoint does not need to be
   aware of the fact that DTLS messages it transmits toward the Media
   Distributor are being tunneled to the Key Distributor.

   The endpoint MUST include a unique identifier in the tls-id Session
   Description Protocol (SDP) attribute [RFC8866] in all offer and
   answer messages [RFC3264] that it generates, as per [RFC8842].
   Further, the endpoint MUST include this same unique identifier in the
   external_session_id extension [RFC8844] in the ClientHello message
   when establishing a DTLS association.

   When receiving an external_session_id value from the Key Distributor,
   the client MUST check to ensure that value matches the tls-id value
   received in SDP.  If the values do not match, the endpoint MUST
   consider any received keying material to be invalid and terminate the
   DTLS association.

5.2.  Tunnel Establishment Procedures

   Either the Media Distributor or Key Distributor initiates the
   establishment of a TLS tunnel.  Which entity acts as the TLS client
   when establishing the tunnel and what event triggers the
   establishment of the tunnel are outside the scope of this document.
   Further, how the trust relationships are established between the Key
   Distributor and Media Distributor are also outside the scope of this

   A tunnel MUST be a mutually authenticated TLS connection.

   The Media Distributor or Key Distributor MUST establish a tunnel
   prior to forwarding tunneled DTLS messages.  Given the time-sensitive
   nature of DTLS-SRTP procedures, a tunnel SHOULD be established prior
   to the Media Distributor receiving a DTLS message from an endpoint.

   A single tunnel MAY be used to relay DTLS messages between any number
   of endpoints and the Key Distributor.

   A Media Distributor MAY have more than one tunnel established between
   itself and one or more Key Distributors.  When multiple tunnels are
   established, which tunnel or tunnels to use to send messages for a
   given conference is outside the scope of this document.

5.3.  Media Distributor Tunneling Procedures

   The first message transmitted over the tunnel is the
   SupportedProfiles message (see Section 6).  This message informs the
   Key Distributor about which DTLS-SRTP profiles the Media Distributor
   supports.  This message MUST be sent each time a new tunnel
   connection is established or, in the case of connection loss, when a
   connection is re-established.  The Media Distributor MUST support the
   same list of protection profiles for the duration of any endpoint-
   initiated DTLS association and tunnel connection.

   The Media Distributor MUST assign a unique association identifier for
   each endpoint-initiated DTLS association and include it in all
   messages forwarded to the Key Distributor.  The Key Distributor will
   subsequently include this identifier in all messages it sends so that
   the Media Distributor can map messages received via a tunnel and
   forward those messages to the correct endpoint.  The association
   identifier MUST be a version 4 Universally Unique Identifier (UUID),
   as described in Section 4.4 of [RFC4122].

   When a DTLS message is received by the Media Distributor from an
   endpoint, it forwards the UDP payload portion of that message to the
   Key Distributor encapsulated in a TunneledDtls message.  The Media
   Distributor is not required to forward all messages received from an
   endpoint for a given DTLS association through the same tunnel if more
   than one tunnel has been established between it and a Key

   When a MediaKeys message is received, the Media Distributor MUST
   extract the cipher and keying material conveyed in order to
   subsequently perform HBH encryption and authentication operations for
   RTP and RTP Control Protocol (RTCP) packets sent between it and an
   endpoint.  Since the HBH keying material will be different for each
   endpoint, the Media Distributor uses the association identifier
   included by the Key Distributor to ensure that the HBH keying
   material is used with the correct endpoint.

   The Media Distributor MUST forward all DTLS messages received from
   either the endpoint or the Key Distributor (via the TunneledDtls
   message) to ensure proper communication between those two entities.

   When the Media Distributor detects an endpoint has disconnected or
   when it receives conference control messages indicating the endpoint
   is to be disconnected, the Media Distributor MUST send an
   EndpointDisconnect message with the association identifier assigned
   to the endpoint to the Key Distributor.  The Media Distributor SHOULD
   take a loss of all RTP and RTCP packets as an indicator that the
   endpoint has disconnected.  The particulars of how RTP and RTCP are
   to be used to detect an endpoint disconnect, such as timeout period,
   are not specified.  The Media Distributor MAY use additional
   indicators to determine when an endpoint has disconnected.

5.4.  Key Distributor Tunneling Procedures

   Each TLS tunnel established between the Media Distributor and the Key
   Distributor MUST be mutually authenticated.

   When the Media Distributor relays a DTLS message from an endpoint,
   the Media Distributor will include an association identifier that is
   unique per endpoint-originated DTLS association.  The association
   identifier remains constant for the life of the DTLS association.
   The Key Distributor identifies each distinct endpoint-originated DTLS
   association by the association identifier.

   When processing an incoming endpoint association, the Key Distributor
   MUST extract the external_session_id value transmitted in the
   ClientHello message and match that against the tls-id value the
   endpoint transmitted via SDP.  If the values in SDP and the
   ClientHello message do not match, the DTLS association MUST be

   The process through which the tls-id value in SDP is conveyed to the
   Key Distributor is outside the scope of this document.

   The Key Distributor MUST match the fingerprint of the certificate and
   external_session_id [RFC8844] received from the endpoint via DTLS
   with the expected fingerprint [RFC8122] and tls-id [RFC8842] values
   received via SDP.  It is through this process that the Key
   Distributor can be sure to deliver the correct conference key to the

   The Key Distributor MUST report its own unique identifier in the
   external_session_id extension.  This extension is sent in the
   EncryptedExtensions message in DTLS 1.3 and the ServerHello message
   in previous DTLS versions.  This value MUST also be conveyed back to
   the client via SDP as a tls-id attribute.

   The Key Distributor MUST encapsulate any DTLS message it sends to an
   endpoint inside a TunneledDtls message (see Section 6).  The Key
   Distributor is not required to transmit all messages for a given DTLS
   association through the same tunnel if more than one tunnel has been
   established between it and the Media Distributor.

   The Key Distributor MUST use the same association identifier in
   messages sent to an endpoint as was received in messages from that
   endpoint.  This ensures the Media Distributor can forward the
   messages to the correct endpoint.

   The Key Distributor extracts tunneled DTLS messages from an endpoint
   and acts on those messages as if that endpoint had established the
   DTLS association directly with the Key Distributor.  The Key
   Distributor is acting as the DTLS server, and the endpoint is acting
   as the DTLS client.  The handling of the messages and certificates is
   exactly the same as normal DTLS-SRTP procedures between endpoints.

   The Key Distributor MUST send a MediaKeys message to the Media
   Distributor immediately after the DTLS handshake completes.  The
   MediaKeys message includes the selected cipher (i.e., protection
   profile), Master Key Identifier (MKI) value [RFC3711] (if any), HBH
   SRTP master keys, and SRTP master salt values.  The Key Distributor
   MUST use the same association identifier in the MediaKeys message as
   is used in the TunneledDtls messages for the given endpoint.

   There are presently two SRTP protection profiles defined for PERC,
   namely DOUBLE_AEAD_AES_128_GCM_AEAD_AES_128_GCM and
   DOUBLE_AEAD_AES_256_GCM_AEAD_AES_256_GCM [RFC8723].  As explained in
   Section 5.2 of [RFC8723], the Media Distributor is only given the
   SRTP master key for HBH operations.  As such, the SRTP master key
   length advertised in the MediaKeys message is half the length of the
   key normally associated with the selected "double" protection

   The Key Distributor uses the certificate fingerprint of the endpoint
   along with the unique identifier received in the external_session_id
   extension to determine with which conference a given DTLS association
   is associated.

   The Key Distributor MUST select a cipher that is supported by itself,
   the endpoint, and the Media Distributor to ensure proper HBH

   When the DTLS association between the endpoint and the Key
   Distributor is terminated, regardless of which entity initiated the
   termination, the Key Distributor MUST send an EndpointDisconnect
   message with the association identifier assigned to the endpoint to
   the Media Distributor.

5.5.  Versioning Considerations

   Since the Media Distributor sends the first message over the tunnel,
   it effectively establishes the version of the protocol to be used.
   If that version is not supported by the Key Distributor, the Key
   Distributor MUST transmit an UnsupportedVersion message containing
   the highest version number supported and close the TLS connection.

   The Media Distributor MUST take note of the version received in an
   UnsupportedVersion message and use that version when attempting to
   re-establish a failed tunnel connection.  Note that it is not
   necessary for the Media Distributor to understand the newer version
   of the protocol to understand that the first message received is an
   UnsupportedVersion message.  The Media Distributor can determine from
   the first four octets received what the version number is and that
   the message is an UnsupportedVersion message.  The rest of the data
   received, if any, would be discarded and the connection closed (if
   not already closed).

6.  Tunneling Protocol

   Tunneled messages are transported via the TLS tunnel as application
   data between the Media Distributor and the Key Distributor.  Tunnel
   messages are specified using the format described in [RFC8446],
   Section 3.  As in [RFC8446], all values are stored in network byte
   (big endian) order; the uint32 represented by the hex bytes 01 02 03
   04 is equivalent to the decimal value 16909060.

   This protocol defines several different messages, each of which
   contains the following information:

   *  message type identifier

   *  message body length

   *  the message body

   Each of the tunnel messages is a TunnelMessage structure with the
   message type indicating the actual content of the message body.

6.1.  TunnelMessage Structure

   TunnelMessage defines the structure of all messages sent via the
   tunnel protocol.  That structure includes a field called msg_type
   that identifies the specific type of message contained within

   enum {
   } MsgType;

   opaque uuid[16];

   struct {
       MsgType msg_type;
       uint16 length;
       select (MsgType) {
           case supported_profiles:  SupportedProfiles;
           case unsupported_version: UnsupportedVersion;
           case media_keys:          MediaKeys;
           case tunneled_dtls:       TunneledDtls;
           case endpoint_disconnect: EndpointDisconnect;
     } body;
   } TunnelMessage;

   The elements of TunnelMessage include:

   msg_type:  the type of message contained within the structure body.

   length:  the length in octets of the following body of the message.

   body:  the actual message being conveyed within this TunnelMessage

6.2.  SupportedProfiles Message

   The SupportedProfiles message is defined as:

   uint8 SRTPProtectionProfile[2]; /* from RFC 5764 */

   struct {
       uint8 version;
       SRTPProtectionProfile protection_profiles<2..2^16-1>;
   } SupportedProfiles;

   The elements of SupportedProfiles include:

   version:  this document specifies version 0x00.

   protection_profiles:  the list of two-octet SRTP protection profile
      values, as per [RFC5764], supported by the Media Distributor.

6.3.  UnsupportedVersion Message

   The UnsupportedVersion message is defined as:

   struct {
       uint8 highest_version;
   } UnsupportedVersion;

   UnsupportedVersion contains this single element:

   highest_version:  indicates the highest version of the protocol
      supported by the Key Distributor.

6.4.  MediaKeys Message

   The MediaKeys message is defined as:

   struct {
       uuid association_id;
       SRTPProtectionProfile protection_profile;
       opaque mki<0..255>;
       opaque client_write_SRTP_master_key<1..255>;
       opaque server_write_SRTP_master_key<1..255>;
       opaque client_write_SRTP_master_salt<1..255>;
       opaque server_write_SRTP_master_salt<1..255>;
   } MediaKeys;

   The fields are described as follows:

   association_id:  a value that identifies a distinct DTLS association
      between an endpoint and the Key Distributor.

   protection_profiles:  the value of the two-octet SRTP protection
      profile value, as per [RFC5764], used for this DTLS association.

   mki:  master key identifier [RFC3711]; a zero-length field indicates
      that no MKI value is present.

   client_write_SRTP_master_key:  the value of the SRTP master key used
      by the client (endpoint).

   server_write_SRTP_master_key:  the value of the SRTP master key used
      by the server (Media Distributor).

   client_write_SRTP_master_salt:  the value of the SRTP master salt
      used by the client (endpoint).

   server_write_SRTP_master_salt:  the value of the SRTP master salt
      used by the server (Media Distributor).

6.5.  TunneledDtls Message

   The TunneledDtls message is defined as:

   struct {
       uuid association_id;
       opaque dtls_message<1..2^16-1>;
   } TunneledDtls;

   The fields are described as follows:

   association_id:  a value that identifies a distinct DTLS association
      between an endpoint and the Key Distributor.

   dtls_message:  the content of the DTLS message received by the
      endpoint or to be sent to the endpoint, including one or more
      complete DTLS records.

6.6.  EndpointDisconnect Message

   The EndpointDisconnect message is defined as:

   struct {
       uuid association_id;
   } EndpointDisconnect;

   The field is described as follows:

   association_id:  a value that identifies a distinct DTLS association
      between an endpoint and the Key Distributor.

7.  Example Binary Encoding

   The TunnelMessage is encoded in binary, following the procedures
   specified in [RFC8446].  This section provides an example of what the
   bits on the wire would look like for the SupportedProfiles message
   that advertises support for both

            message_type: 0x01
                  length: 0x0007
                      version:  0x00
          protection_profiles:  0x0004 (length)
                                0x0009000A (value)

   Thus, the encoding on the wire, presented here in network byte order,
   would be this stream of octets:


8.  IANA Considerations

   This document establishes the "Datagram Transport Layer Security
   (DTLS) Tunnel Protocol Message Types for Privacy Enhanced
   Conferencing" registry to contain message type values used in the
   DTLS tunnel protocol.  These message type values are a single octet
   in length.  This document defines the values shown in Table 1 below,
   leaving the balance of possible values reserved for future

             | MsgType | Description                        |
             |   0x01  | Supported SRTP Protection Profiles |
             |   0x02  | Unsupported Version                |
             |   0x03  | Media Keys                         |
             |   0x04  | Tunneled DTLS                      |
             |   0x05  | Endpoint Disconnect                |

                Table 1: Message Type Values for the DTLS
                             Tunnel Protocol

   The value 0x00 is reserved, and all values in the range 0x06 to 0xFF
   are available for allocation.  The procedures for updating this table
   are those defined as "IETF Review" in Section 4.8 of [RFC8126].

9.  Security Considerations

   Since the procedures in this document rely on TLS [RFC8446] for
   transport security, the security considerations for TLS should be
   reviewed when implementing the protocol defined in this document.

   While the tunneling protocol defined in this document does not use
   DTLS-SRTP [RFC5764] directly, it does convey and negotiate some of
   the same information (e.g., protection profile data).  As such, a
   review of the security considerations found in that document may be

   This document describes a means of securely exchanging keying
   material and cryptographic transforms for both E2E and HBH encryption
   and authentication of media between an endpoint and a Key Distributor
   via a Media Distributor.  Additionally, the procedures result in
   delivering HBH information to the intermediary Media Distributor.
   The Key Distributor and endpoint are the only two entities with
   access to both the E2E and HBH keys, while the Media Distributor has
   access to only HBH information.  Section 8.2 of [RFC8871] enumerates
   various attacks against which one must guard when implementing a
   Media Distributor; these scenarios are important to note.

   A requirement in this document is that a TLS connection between the
   Media Distributor and the Key Distributor be mutually authenticated.
   The reason for this requirement is to ensure that only an authorized
   Media Distributor receives the HBH keying material.  If an
   unauthorized Media Distributor gains access to the HBH keying
   material, it can easily cause service degradation or denial by
   transmitting HBH-valid packets that ultimately fail E2E
   authentication or replay protection checks (see Section 3.3.2 of
   [RFC3711]).  Even if service does not appear degraded in any way,
   transmitting and processing bogus packets are a waste of both
   computational and network resources.

   The procedures defined in this document assume that the Media
   Distributor will properly convey DTLS messages between the endpoint
   and Key Distributor.  Should it fail in that responsibility by
   forwarding DTLS messages from endpoint A advertised as being from
   endpoint B, this will result in a failure at the DTLS layer of those
   DTLS sessions.  This could be an additional attack vector that Key
   Distributor implementations should consider.

   While E2E keying material passes through the Media Distributor via
   the protocol defined in this document, the Media Distributor has no
   means of gaining access to that information and therefore cannot
   affect the E2E media processing function in the endpoint except to
   present it with invalid or replayed data.  That said, any entity
   along the path that interferes with the DTLS exchange between the
   endpoint and the Key Distributor, including a malicious Media
   Distributor that is not properly authorized, could prevent an
   endpoint from properly communicating with the Key Distributor and
   therefore prevent successful conference participation.

   It is worth noting that a compromised Media Distributor can convey
   information to an adversary, such as participant IP addresses,
   negotiated protection profiles, or other metadata.  While [RFC8871]
   explains that a malicious or compromised Media Distributor can
   disrupt communications, an additional attack vector introduced by
   this protocol is the potential disruption of DTLS negotiation or
   premature removal of a participant from a conference by sending an
   EndpointDisconnect message to the Key Distributor.

   The Key Distributor should be aware of the possibility that a
   malicious Media Distributor might transmit an EndpointDisconnect
   message to the Key Distributor when the endpoint is in fact still

   While the Security Considerations section of [RFC8871] describes
   various attacks one needs to consider with respect to the Key
   Distributor and denial of service, use of this protocol introduces
   another possible attack vector.  Consider the case where a malicious
   endpoint sends unsolicited DTLS-SRTP messages to a Media Distributor.
   The Media Distributor will normally forward those messages to the Key
   Distributor and, if found invalid, such messages only serve to
   consume resources on both the Media Distributor and Key Distributor.

10.  References

10.1.  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,

   [RFC3711]  Baugher, M., McGrew, D., Naslund, M., Carrara, E., and K.
              Norrman, "The Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP)",
              RFC 3711, DOI 10.17487/RFC3711, March 2004,

   [RFC4122]  Leach, P., Mealling, M., and R. Salz, "A Universally
              Unique IDentifier (UUID) URN Namespace", RFC 4122,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC4122, July 2005,

   [RFC5764]  McGrew, D. and E. Rescorla, "Datagram Transport Layer
              Security (DTLS) Extension to Establish Keys for the Secure
              Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP)", RFC 5764,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC5764, May 2010,

   [RFC8122]  Lennox, J. and C. Holmberg, "Connection-Oriented Media
              Transport over the Transport Layer Security (TLS) Protocol
              in the Session Description Protocol (SDP)", RFC 8122,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8122, March 2017,

   [RFC8174]  Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC
              2119 Key Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174,
              May 2017, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8174>.

   [RFC8446]  Rescorla, E., "The Transport Layer Security (TLS) Protocol
              Version 1.3", RFC 8446, DOI 10.17487/RFC8446, August 2018,

   [RFC8723]  Jennings, C., Jones, P., Barnes, R., and A.B. Roach,
              "Double Encryption Procedures for the Secure Real-Time
              Transport Protocol (SRTP)", RFC 8723,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8723, April 2020,

   [RFC8842]  Holmberg, C. and R. Shpount, "Session Description Protocol
              (SDP) Offer/Answer Considerations for Datagram Transport
              Layer Security (DTLS) and Transport Layer Security (TLS)",
              RFC 8842, DOI 10.17487/RFC8842, January 2021,

   [RFC8844]  Thomson, M. and E. Rescorla, "Unknown Key-Share Attacks on
              Uses of TLS with the Session Description Protocol (SDP)",
              RFC 8844, DOI 10.17487/RFC8844, January 2021,

   [RFC8871]  Jones, P., Benham, D., and C. Groves, "A Solution
              Framework for Private Media in Privacy-Enhanced RTP
              Conferencing (PERC)", RFC 8871, DOI 10.17487/RFC8871,
              January 2021, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8871>.

   [RFC9147]  Rescorla, E., Tschofenig, H., and N. Modadugu, "The
              Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) Protocol Version
              1.3", RFC 9147, DOI 10.17487/RFC9147, April 2022,

10.2.  Informative References

   [RFC3264]  Rosenberg, J. and H. Schulzrinne, "An Offer/Answer Model
              with Session Description Protocol (SDP)", RFC 3264,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC3264, June 2002,

   [RFC3550]  Schulzrinne, H., Casner, S., Frederick, R., and V.
              Jacobson, "RTP: A Transport Protocol for Real-Time
              Applications", STD 64, RFC 3550, DOI 10.17487/RFC3550,
              July 2003, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc3550>.

   [RFC8126]  Cotton, M., Leiba, B., and T. Narten, "Guidelines for
              Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs", BCP 26,
              RFC 8126, DOI 10.17487/RFC8126, June 2017,

   [RFC8866]  Begen, A., Kyzivat, P., Perkins, C., and M. Handley, "SDP:
              Session Description Protocol", RFC 8866,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8866, January 2021,


   The authors would like to thank David Benham and Cullen Jennings for
   reviewing this document and providing constructive comments.

Authors' Addresses

   Paul E. Jones
   Cisco Systems, Inc.
   7025 Kit Creek Rd.
   Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709
   United States of America
   Phone: +1 919 476 2048
   Email: paulej@packetizer.com

   Paul M. Ellenbogen
   Princeton University
   Phone: +1 206 851 2069
   Email: pe5@cs.princeton.edu

   Nils H. Ohlmeier
   8x8, Inc.
   Phone: +1 408 659 6457
   Email: nils@ohlmeier.org