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RFC 7170, "Tunnel Extensible Authentication Protocol (TEAP) Version 1", May 2014

Note: This RFC has been updated by RFC 9427

Source of RFC: emu (sec)
See Also: RFC 7170 w/ inline errata

Errata ID: 5844
Status: Verified
Type: Technical
Publication Format(s) : TEXT

Reported By: Jouni Malinen
Date Reported: 2019-08-24
Verifier Name: Paul Wouters
Date Verified: 2024-04-01

Section C.1 says:

                            <- Crypto-Binding TLV (Request),
                                Result TLV (Success),
                                (Optional PAC TLV)

       Crypto-Binding TLV(Response),
       Result TLV (Success),
       (PAC-Acknowledgement TLV) ->

It should say:

                            <- Intermediate-Result-TLV (Success),
                                Crypto-Binding TLV (Request),
                                Result TLV (Success),
                                (Optional PAC TLV)

       Intermediate-Result-TLV (Success),
       Crypto-Binding TLV(Response),
       Result TLV (Success),
       (PAC-Acknowledgement TLV) ->


Section 3.3.2 implies that Intermediate-Result TLV is used after each round of Basic-Password-Auth-Req/Resp TLVs. However, the example sequence in C.1 does not show this. The proposed change in this errata adds the Intermediate-Result TLV indication here. Similar change should be done in C.2 (i.e., add Intermediate-Result TLV (Failure) to the messages that include Result TLV) since the language in 3.3.2 describe the indication to be used for both success and failure cases.

In addition to this change in C.1, it would be good to clarify the specification globally to avoid confusion about this case since almost all discussion regarding Intermediate-Result TLV currently is in the context of inner EAP authentication. 3.3.2 should have a MUST statement similar to 3.3.1. 3.6 should cover success or failure indications of basic password auth like it does EAP methods. 4.2.11 should note Intermediate-Result TLV is used with both inner EAP and basic password auth. 4.2.13 should mention basic password auth in the "regardless of whether there is an inner EAP method authentication or not" sentence.

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