Enabling XEP-0258 Security Labels in XMPP

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Labeling makes data easier to process and search. This is vital while handling large amounts of data. By using labeling to indicate security classes, the number of different applications can be reduced as there would be no requirement to use separate application for each security class. The Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is an Instant Messaging (IM) protocol for Federated Networks. Extension XEP-0258 defines security labeling in XMPP, however not all systems support this draft standard. In this paper we present the processes and limitations of how different XMPP domains with different XMPP labeling capabilities can be joined together in a static or dynamic way. We have constructed an implementation to verify and validate the presented approach. In addition, we propose a way how non XEP-0258 applicable XMPP domains should be joined to mission networks, and hence security labeling would work more smoothly in the future. Finally, we show that the mangling of security labels does not significantly increase the anticipated delay of the communication.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMILCOM 2018 - 2018 IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-7185-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventIEEE Military Communications Conference - LAX Marriott, Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 29 Oct 201831 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameIEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM)
ISSN (Electronic)2155-7586


ConferenceIEEE Military Communications Conference
Abbreviated titleMILCOM
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
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