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Re: [Web Crypto WG] draft Web Crypto WG charter : for your review and comments

From: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:27:31 +0100
Message-ID: <5500B343.2070406@w3.org>
To: Siva Narendra <siva@tyfone.com>, "public-web-security@w3.org" <public-web-security@w3.org>, "public-webcrypto@w3.org" <public-webcrypto@w3.org>
CC: Charles Engelke <w3c@engelke.com>, GALINDO Virginie <Virginie.Galindo@gemalto.com>, Wendy Seltzer <wseltzer@w3.org>

On 03/11/2015 09:59 PM, Siva Narendra wrote:
> +adding Pub-Web-Security for continuity from the Workshop
> Thank you Harry. Few questions:
>    1. Does this mean "FIDO will not be implemented under this WG?"
>    2. Is the statement "All the web browser implementers do not want to
>    support hardware tokens or anything that is outside of cryptography in
>    within the scope of WG?" or "One browser vendors does not want to support
>    anything other than FIDO?"

I think the answer should be:

1) FIDO will not be implemented under the Web Crypto Working Group, but
may be pursued in another WG.

2) Hardware token support, both in a manner consistent with a revised
Gemalto proposal that takes on board feedback like respect for
same-origin policy, should be pursued in another Working Group, but not
in the WebCrypto WG.

Does that help?

The real question now is what the shape and charter(s) of the new
Working Groups will be, along with associated time-frames.

There have been formal Member submissions neither from the smartcard
vendors or FIDO, but lots of informal discussion. However, the workshop
did reach consensus that hardware token support should be part of the
Open Web Platform, and the W3C would like to follow this up with one or
more new Working Groups if the work does not match existing Working Groups.

As the discussion in Web Crypto WG shows, it does not match at the time
being as the implementors want to focus on algorithm maintenance and
finishing version 1.0.

If opinions have drastically changed since the workshop, we would like
to revisit that consensus via a survey of W3C members but we are hoping
there is still consensus and momentum.


> This is important for the eco-system to know so we can determine if this
> work should be pursued inside W3C or outside.
> Thank you,
> Siva
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> On Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 11:16 AM, Harry Halpin <hhalpin@w3.org> wrote:
>> On 03/11/2015 07:08 PM, Charles Engelke wrote:
>>> I'm new to this WG and W3C in general, so I may be missing points on
>>> how this works. But until today that draft did include adding new use
>>> cases. Today that was revised to say "the Web Crypto WG will not
>>> adress any new use case others then the ones developed with the first
>>> version of the Web Crypto API."
>>> Did I miss the process that made this change?
>> There was strong objections from members of the Working Group, in
>> particular implementers that are on public record.
>> Thus, while the W3C is still committed do finding an appropriate home
>> for these use-cases and associated standards, it will not be this
>> Working Group.
>> If you have a particular use-case and proposed technical solution that
>> you think would be acceptable to implementers, e-mail the Web Security
>> Interest Group at public-web-security@w3.org.
>>     cheers,
>>        harry
>>> Thanks,
>>> Charlie
>>> On Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 1:13 PM, GALINDO Virginie
>>> <Virginie.Galindo@gemalto.com> wrote:
>>>> Dear all,
>>>> You will find here
>>>> https://www.w3.org/Security/wiki/IG/webcryptonext_draft_charter the
>> basis of
>>>> the next Web Crypto WG charter.
>>>> Based on the feedback on this mailing list, despite the long
>> discussions we
>>>> had related to new features such as crypto service in secure element,
>>>> certificate management, authentication management, this charter only
>>>> adresses the maintenance of the Web Crypto API, and the creation of
>>>> extension for specific algorithms.
>>>> What I am expecting from working group participants now is the
>> algorithms
>>>> they would like to see as extension of the Web Crypto API. This will
>> help us
>>>> to get a list of the extension we plan to adress in the framework of
>> that
>>>> specific working group.
>>>> Please note that there are some discussions in AC forum about
>> restricting
>>>> activities of any WG that does not work under a valid charter. Our
>> charter
>>>> will expire on the 31st of March, as such, we should try to get
>> consensus on
>>>> the new charter as soon as possible (or we will have to ask an
>> extension to
>>>> W3C director).
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Virginie Galindo
>>>> gemalto
>>>> chair of the web crypto WG
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