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Re: Beyond HTTP Authentication: OAuth, OpenID, and BrowserID: Meeting on March 29th at IETF83

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:25:51 +0100
Cc: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@w3.org>, "public-identity@w3.org" <public-identity@w3.org>, Karen Lewison <kplewison@pomcor.com>
Message-Id: <10978B28-3B95-4A1B-8FFB-DD4A3D35BF4F@bblfish.net>
To: Francisco Corella <fcorella@pomcor.com>
Btw. Certificates and a JS Crypto api should work very well together.

You would just get the best of both worlds. It is odd to try to make
syntactic distinctions between certificate formats and have JS APIs
be sensitive to those. To do so can only be a political decision, and
engineering based on that can only lead to laughable results.

Anyway I also happen to live close to Paris. If you want I could present WebID 
quickly and show how these fit together. I argued for it here

http://security.stackexchange.com/questions/5406/what-are-the-main-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-webid-compared-to-browserid

but there are many aspects to it. A face to face can't harm. 

Henry

On 21 Mar 2012, at 17:12, Francisco Corella wrote:

> Harry,
> 
> > > This thread shows that a workshop on user certificates would be
> > > useful.  Are you still planning on having one this spring, or have
> > > you given up on that? 
> > 
> > We'll see. It depends on how the Web Crypto WG goes, some amount
> > (although not everything talked about on this mailing list)
> > certificate handling is in "secondary features" so I see no real
> > reason for another workshop at this point unless it seems another WG
> > is necessary to do that work.
> 
> The Web Crypto WG is about a JavaScript API.  Issuing and using
> certificates should not require JavaScript.  TLS client certificates
> are not a JavaScript feature.  The <keygen> element, a building block
> for certificate issuance, is not a JavaScript feature.  It is possible
> today to issue a certificate automatically to at least one browser
> (Firefox) without JavaScript, although not securely.
> 
> A workshop would help you decide whether a WG is needed; and it would
> be useful to get the people interested in certificates in one room,
> whether or not a WG follows.
> 
> Francisco
> 

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