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Re: Netscape vs. Digest (?)

From: Bob Denny <rdenny@dc3.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 1996 06:57:03 -0700
Message-Id: <9608300657.ZM574@solo.dc3.com>
To: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Lou Montulli wrote:
> Why would you ever want to use digest if you already have
> certificate support?

I'll add some "practical" (non-technical) reasons:

(1)  Browsers do not permit sharing of certificates. The user must purchase
     a separate cert for each brand of browser they use.

(2)  Browsers have no "end-user" support for carrying certs around between
     computers. 

(3)  Corollary to (1/2): Server operator must be able to register and keep
     multiple certs for at least some of their users

Until certs are as portable as passwords, I think there are good reasons
for having something like Digest.

  -- Bob
Received on Friday, 30 August 1996 06:59:36 EDT

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