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From: Ravi Ganesan <ravi@findravi.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 14:23:31 -0800
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To: "McClure, Allan H." <amcclure@mitre.org>, Thomas Hardjono <hardjono@mit.edu>, ben@digicert.com, "Shan, Jeff" <JShan@etrade.com>, gpercivall@opengeospatial.org, rsingh@opengeospatial.org, public-xg-mashssl@w3.org
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http://www.rationalsurvivability.com/blog/?p=1704

MashSSL – An Excellent Idea You’ve Probably Never Heard Of…
January 30th, 2010 beaker Leave a comment Go to comments


I’ve been meaning to write about MashSSL for a while as it occurs to
me that this is a particularly elegant solution to some very real
challenges we have today.  Trusting the browser, operator of said
browser or a web service when using multi-party web applications is a
fatal flaw.

We’re struggling with how to deal with authentication in distributed
web and cloud applications. MashSSL seems as though it’s a candidate
for the toolbox of solutions:

    MashSSL allows web applications to mutually authenticate and
establish a secure channel without having to trust the user or the
browser. MashSSL is a Layer 7 security protocol running within HTTP in
a RESTful fashion. It uses an innovation called “friend in the middle”
to turn the proven SSL protocol into a multi-party protocol that
inherits SSL’s security, efficiency and mature trust infrastructure

Make sure you check out the sections on “Why and How,” especially the
“MashSSL Overview” section which explains how it works.

I should mention the code is also open source.

/Hoff
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