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ACTION-38: "Should issue recommendation on the granularity of the security system" + proposal for a "Secure Credential API"

From: Nilsson, Claes1 <Claes1.Nilsson@sonyericsson.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 11:15:27 +0100
To: "'public-device-apis@w3.org'" <public-device-apis@w3.org>
Message-ID: <6DFA1B20D858A14488A66D6EEDF26AA3208923CF8E@seldmbx03.corpusers.net>
Hi,

I attach two proposals:


1.       "File granularity access policy". This is response to my action 38. The proposal is based on "Policy Based Device Access Security" (Steve Lewontin/Nokia  http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-device-apis/2009Nov/att-0012/SecurityPolicy_09.pdf) that Steve presented at the Santa Clara meeting. My proposal adds a finer granularity to restrict access to APIs based on application identity.

2.       "Secure Cred Manager". This proposal is based on 1 above and is an API for retrieving securely stored data, "credentials", in the device. A major use case for this API is Social Networking Services web application application login to the service. I have a humble view on this and understand the security issues with JavaScript. However, by referencing existing security mechanisms such as Digital signing, TLS/SSL and WARP, I believe that such an API is possible. Furthermore, I realize that it is not possible to include this API in the phase 1 delivery from DAP but I want to have it in the list of "Future Work".

Best regards
  Claes
Claes Nilsson M.Sc.E.E
Senior Staff Engineer
CTO - R&T Europe - UI/App/Web

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