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XMPP stanza encryption + EXI compression

From: Peter Waher <Peter.Waher@clayster.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:25:45 +0000
To: Matt Miller <mamille2@cisco.com>
CC: FABLET Youenn <Youenn.Fablet@crf.canon.fr>, "public-exi@w3.org" <public-exi@w3.org>, "Joachim Lindborg (joachim.lindborg@sust.se)" <joachim.lindborg@sust.se>, Yusuke DOI <yusuke.doi@toshiba.co.jp>, "Peter Saint-Andre" <stpeter@stpeter.im>, XMPP Standards <standards@xmpp.org>, "mact-usa@att.net" <mact-usa@att.net>, Stephen Williams <sdw@lig.net>, "xmpp@ietf.org" <xmpp@ietf.org>
Message-ID: <1693EFE1FD641C42A0D542FCBC732DE698E53473@EX3.YODA.UTOPIA.LOCAL>
Dear Matt

I just became aware of your  IETF draft for XMPP end-to-end encryption. It looks very promising.
http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-miller-xmpp-e2e-05


We work with sensor network architecture over XMPP, and some (but not all) applications require end-to-end encryption, so we want to look at this extension.

At the same time, compression is a vital issue, since many sensors have limited memory. Therefore, we are working with an effort to include the use of EXI in XMPP. (See attached documents.) One important aspect to know, when including EXI into XMPP, is that packets cannot be binary copied when the server relays the information. The packets have to be decompressed, and re-compressed if both peers have EXI-compressed channels. This requires EXI to be applied after any message encryption transformation: Exi1(Encrypt(Xml)). Server then relays Exi2(DeExi1(Exi1(Encrypt(Xml)))) = Exi2(Encrypt(Xml)) to the second peer.

The problem with this is that EXI does not do very well with base64-encoded binary data. Size(Exi(Base64(Bin))) would approximately be equal to Size(Bin). EXI would be able to cut the added length imposed by the base64 encoding, due to its limited character set.

It would be nice with an end-to-end encryption method over XMPP that would also be able to take into account EXI compression of XML stanzas.

If you have time, any comments would be appreciated,

Sincerely,
Peter Waher


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Saint-Andre [mailto:stpeter@stpeter.im] 
Sent: den 14 mars 2013 11:57
To: Peter Waher
Cc: Joachim Lindborg (joachim.lindborg@sust.se); Matt Miller
Subject: Re: XMPP stanza encryption

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On 3/14/13 10:53 AM, Peter Waher wrote:
> Hello Peter
> 
> Do you participate in this work? 
> http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-miller-xmpp-e2e-05


Only indirectly, by chatting once in a while with Matt Miller (cc'd).

Peter

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Peter Saint-Andre
https://stpeter.im/



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