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Re: IAB draft on security

From: Dave Crocker <dcrocker@brandenburg.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 15:35:18 -0700
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To: Brian E Carpenter <brian@hursley.ibm.com>
Cc: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>, discuss@apps.ietf.org
At 03:10 PM 7/27/99 , Brian E Carpenter wrote:
> > A document that gives security guidelines for IETF protocols
> > should explain this policy and its impact.
>Not while I'm in the liability line of fire, thank you.

Permit me to presumptuously re-word Larry's suggestion:

A particular set of security technology and operations constraints are 
believed by the expert security technical community to carry a particular 
set of exposures and might also carry a set of mis-perceived comforts.

It would be entirely reasonable for the IETF/IAB to produce a paper stating 
those constraints, exposures and mis-comforts.

Done objectively, the fact that the constraints might perfectly align with 
a particular group's security policies seems unlikely to create legal 
exposures (though, yes, I would expect the legal mis-comforts to continue.)


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