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Re: list of pending proposals

From: Ari Luotonen <luotonen@netscape.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 15:50:13 -0700 (PDT)
Message-Id: <199509142250.PAA28247@neon.netscape.com>
To: Shel Kaphan <sjk@amazon.com>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com

>  > > 2. Proxies should be allowed to forward requests for methods that they
>  > > do not understand, instead of being required to return 501.
>  > conditionally or uncondititonally?
> I'd prefer if they MUST forward requests, with certain constraints
> (e.g. when no protocol translation is required), but that might not be
> backward compatible enough.

Absolutely not.  New methods can open up new security leaks from
inside of firewall, and the default should always be to deny access to
something that the firewall proxy doesn't understand.

Ari Luotonen				ari@netscape.com
Netscape Communications Corp.		http://home.netscape.com/people/ari/
501 East Middlefield Road
Mountain View, CA 94043, USA		Netscape Server Development Team
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