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Changes are expected over time. This version is dated 24 February 2012.
(1) What type of RFC is being requested (BCP, Proposed Standard,
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The intended status is "Standards Track". This is the appropriated
status as the document updates RFC 4419 which is of type "Standards Track".
The type is also justified as the document affects interoperability.
This document formally updates the specification such that the minimum
recommended value for k is 2048 bits and the group size is 2048 bits at
minimum. This RFC updates RFC4419 which allowed for DH moduli less
than 2048 bits.
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The Diffie-Hellman (DH) Group Exchange for the Secure Shell (SSH)
Transport layer Protocol specifies that servers and clients should
support groups with a modulus length of k bits, where the recommended
minumum value is 1024 bits. Recent security research has shown that
a minimum value of 1024 bits is insufficient against state-sponsored
actors. As such, this document formally updates the specification
such that the minimum recommended value for k is 2048 bits and the
group size is 2048 bits at minimum. This RFC updates RFC4419 which
allowed for DH moduli less than 2048 bits.
The update of RFC 4419 is mentioned in the header, the abstract and the introduction.
Working Group Summary
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No controversy were noted.
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At least one Open Source implementation has implemented this:
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Daniel Migault is the document shepherd, Eric Rescola is the AD.
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