IEEE 802.15 Working Group
Letter Ballot #16 for
High-Rate WPANs™ (TG3)
OPENING OF BALLOT:
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2002, at 1200 GMT (700 EST)
CLOSING OF BALLOT: SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2002,
at 200 GMT (1200 SYDNEY TIME)
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IEEE 802.15 LETTER BALLOT #16
To the 802.15 working group voting members--
As many of you are aware there has been considerable discussion surrounding the
choice of security suite for 802.15.3. After the meeting in St. Louis, two
proposals for satisfying the ECC suite were proposed. Only one can be included
in the draft for recirculation. Rather than engage in a fruitless debate
on completeness and IP, I have decided to put the issue to the working group.
This decision was reached with the help and advice of the 802.15 advisory
committee, which includes all the officers of the working group, task groups,
study groups and committees. A week ago, we agreed on a plan of action to
resolve which ECC security suite to include in the recirculation draft. It was
agreed that only one version of the mandatory ECC suite should be in the
recirculated draft. The preferred plan of action was to conduct a downselect
letter ballot to conclude just prior to the Sydney meeting, unless a compromise
proposal could be reached in time to start the draft recirculation this past
Since compromise text was not available in time to begin recirculation, we are
back on the path of conducting a ballot between now and Sydney to pick an ECC
security suite proposal to put in the draft and then starting the recirculatoin
of the draft right after Sydney. It was felt that this was the best way to
determine the wishes of the working group
Letter ballot 16 is to pick an ECC suite to include in the draft, based on the
motion which was passed in St. Louis. This ballot starts immediately and ends at
noon, Sunday May 12, Sydney time. This is not a ballot to make a final
selection of which ECC suite will be in the standard but rather which ECC
suite should be included in the draft and subsequently balloted in recirculation.
Again, There are two proposals, one from Ntru (document number 02/210r0)
and one from Certicom (document number 02/200r2).
The ballot choices will be 200r2,
or abstain. Of the non-abstaining votes, the proposal receiving the majority
vote will be included in the draft. Copies of both proposals can be found
on the web site. You should base your selection on your view of which proposal
best meets the intent of the St. Louis motion. Remember, detailed technical
merits and/or alternative solutions should be handled as part of the
recirculation ballot of the draft which begins following the Sydney meeting.
Ballots should follow the format
LB16-your last name-200r2,210r0,abstain
The two proposals may contain more information than just the ECC suite.
This selection is only for the ECC portion. Also, I have RAND letters from both
Certicom and Ntru. Direct any questions to John, James or myself
For reference the St. Louis motion was:
Place complete security suite descriptions based on ANSI X9.63-2001 and
NTRUEncrypt in the draft,
· A security suite based on ANSI
x9.63-2001 will be mandatory when security modes 2 and 3 are enabled, the goal
of the mode selected will have no issued worldwide patents,
· NTRUEncrypt using ess251 ep1, 02/131r0,
will be optional when security modes 2 and 3 enabled.
· Complete security suite text due to technical editor (cc to TG3 Chair)
in a form similar to 02/131r0,
for both items by 5PM PST, April 5,
· If complete text specifying an implementation based on ANSI X9.63-2011
security suite is not received and posted to the 802.15.3 email reflector on
time, the draft will proceed with the proposal in 02/131r0,
as the mandatory security suite,
· The Security modes are as defined on
slide 19, 02/096r5.
Add the ability to use access control lists without security enabled that allow
for the selection of a set of devices allowed to associate via user configured
Slide 19 is:
Mode Security Effect
0 No Security (default)
1 Access control list (no Cryptographic Security)
2 Public key cryptosystem security, no certificates are required, ACLs allowed
3 Public key cryptosystem security, certificates required, ACLs allowed.
Bob Heile, Ph.D
Chair, IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Wireless Personal Area Networks
Chair, ZigBee Alliance
11 Louis Road
Attleboro, MA 02703 USA
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