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I-D ACTION:draft-ietf-tls-ciphersuite-06.txt



A New Internet-Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts directories.
This draft is a work item of the Transport Layer Security Working Group of the IETF.

	Title		: AES Ciphersuites for TLS
	Author(s)	: P. Chown
	Filename	: draft-ietf-tls-ciphersuite-06.txt
	Pages		: 6
	Date		: 14-Jan-02
	
At present, the symmetric ciphers supported by TLS are RC2, RC4,
IDEA, DES and triple DES.  The protocol would be enhanced by the
addition of AES [AES] ciphersuites, for the following reasons:
1.  RC2, RC4 and IDEA are all subject to intellectual property
claims.  RSA Security Inc has trademark rights in the names RC2
and RC4, and claims that the RC4 algorithm itself is a trade
secret.  Ascom Systec Ltd owns a patent on the IDEA algorithm.
2.  Triple DES is much less efficient than more modern ciphers.
3.  Now the AES process is completed there will be commercial
pressure to use the selected cipher.  The AES is efficient and
has withstood extensive cryptanalytic efforts.

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