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Title: Media Specific vs Media Independent Date Submitted: October 29, 2009 Present at IEEE a Teleconference, October 29, 2009 Authors: Lily Chen (NIST) Abstract: This document raises some questions for a to discuss with regard to media specific vs media independent related concepts. The purpose is to clearly understand the implications about what has proposed and discussed so far in 21a. xx-00-sec
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Background Currently, certain concepts are discussed with media specific (MS) or media independent (MI) “prefix”, such as Media specific authentication vs. media independent authentication Media specific authenticator vs. media independent authenticator Media specific EAP lower layer vs. media independent EAP lower layer Media specific AAA vs. media independent AAA … We need to clearly understand what these concepts mean and what are the implications.
EAP Peer in MN MN MIHF This is going to be a hard add on! EAP Peer
Assume both MS and MI authentication are both EAP based and MI authentication is executed in MIHF (remote message transport is from MIHF to MIHF). Do they share the same credential? Can they execute different EAP methods? Do these two EAP peer functions need to communicate? Please notice that EAP protocol or each EAP-Method is media independent. That is the same EAP peer can execute EAP as an access authentication for both IEEE and IEEE MN EAP Peer MIHF MI-EAP Peer STA MS MIH User This is going to be a hard add on! xx-00-sec
If media independent authentication is different from media specific authentication, then which credentials it will use for each authentication? Assume the handover is only between IEEE and IEEE access authentication is EAP- GPSK. IEEE authentication protocol is PKMv1. What protocol media independent authentication should use? This is a hard decision! xx-00-sec
EAP Lower Layer Media Independent Media Specific EAP EAP IP 802.11 MIH IP 802.11 EAP peer/authenticator must understand which lower layer it is sitting on! It is not transparent!
AAA Server AAA MIHF Assume EAP Server is co-located with AAA Server
If a service domain (an operator) will support MIH, then the same EAP/AAA server will be used for access access Other media access The key for different media access should be generated and distributed. If a service domain (an operator) does not support MIH, then add this function will not help. AAA MI-EAP Server MI-AAA MIHF EAP Server
Dilemma Add media independent over existing media specific is hard.
Replace existing media specific with media independent is ideal but not realistic.
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