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RE: ISSUE-127: Safe Form Bar: Separate MITM handling? [Techniques]

From: Mary Ellen Zurko <Mary_Ellen_Zurko@notesdev.ibm.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2008 18:17:27 -0500
Cc: "public-wsc-wg@w3.org" <public-wsc-wg@w3.org>
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To: tyler.close@hp.com
>From my point of view, because we don't have an alert service that's 
useful. That's why I was OK with MAY. I get that it would be a nice thing 
to have. But the infrastructure doesn't exist to make it work often enough 
for a SHOULD. 


"Close, Tyler J." <tyler.close@hp.com>
Mary Ellen Zurko <Mary_Ellen_Zurko@notesdev.ibm.com>, 
"public-wsc-wg@w3.org" <public-wsc-wg@w3.org>
01/07/2008 06:11 PM
RE: ISSUE-127: Safe Form Bar: Separate MITM handling? [Techniques]

The text of ISSUE-160 includes the statement:

"I'm still not buying the notification stuff. MAY at best."

I understand there are other points bundled up in ISSUE-160, but I'ld like 
to get some more details on this particular point. Why exactly is offering 
notification a problem?

I actually had a whole series of relevant experiences with the internal 
intranet at work this morning. Here's a story for ISSUE-160. I clicked a 
hyperlink to an intranet web service I use once in a while. It's 
certificate chain is rooted at one of the custom CAs used here. Normally, 
these custom CA certificates are auto-magically distributed to our 
desktops by the same software that does security updates. For some reason, 
this web service has changed certificate chains and is now using a CA cert 
that I don't yet have. I don't want to click through the cert warning to 
the service because that will reveal my username/password, which are kept 
in a cookie. So I can't find out who to complain to by looking at the 
hosted web pages. Wouldn't it be nice if the software which updates my 
browser's CA list could also configure a URL to be pinged when I encounter 
such a potential MITM attack. That way the dialog shown by the browser 
could offer me a nice button to click: "get someone else to deal with this 
problem". Instead, the button it offers me is "click here to ignore this 
MITM attack and turn over your password to some random computer on the 


[1] "Web Security Context: Experience, Indicators, and Trust"


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On Behalf Of Mary Ellen Zurko
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2008 6:59 AM
To: public-wsc-wg@w3.org
Subject: Re: ISSUE-127: Safe Form Bar: Separate MITM handling? 

ISSUE-160 makes the same basic proposal, perhaps for the same basic 
reasons, but I'm leaving both open and cross referenced, in case the 
resolutions of the underlying issues turn out to be different.

I agree that there should be only one place this is discussed. And from 
the logic of the document, it is in other places. If there is something in 
section 7 that should inform those other places, proposals for changes to 
those other places should be made. I'll give other folks a little more 
time on this issue to discuss, then do a straw poll of any concrete 
proposals on the table (so far there is one, to remove 7.9, but I'm 
certain there could be others that respond to the issues raised).

http://www.w3.org/2006/WSC/track/issues/127 <
http://www.w3.org/2006/WSC/track/issues/160 <

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