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Re: FAQ on creating certificates for every language

From: Mo McRoberts <Mo.McRoberts@bbc.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2011 10:47:04 +0100
Cc: WebID XG <public-xg-webid@w3.org>
Message-Id: <A18D3D52-6A86-4001-95BC-E5A4D8241039@bbc.co.uk>
To: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>

On 8 Apr 2011, at 10:42, Henry Story wrote:

> Thanks Mo,
> 
>  this is very useful. It should find its way on the HOWTO page of the wiki, directly or via a link to a blog  or to this post.

When I get time, I'll try to get it up at some point if nobody else gets there first…

> At some point we will need to work out what the IETF right way is to create a cert, as well as know what works, so that we can specify exactly the minimum needed for WebID certs. Then we could set up a test suite for those, to analyse them, and explain what in the certificate is correct, what is acceptable, what we don't know,... 

>From a WebID perspective, Postel's law probably applies, I guess… a server should really only care if the SAN is present, the RDF can be retrieved, and it all paints a coherent picture. Meanwhile, the cert generation should aim to be as compatible as possible, so I guess the testsuite would need to consist of a 'test your client cert' which is very strict, and a 'test your server' which sends all kinds of horrible things to the server :-) The latter is probably easier. generating nasty certificates where the only consistent part is the presence of the SAN is the easy part...

M.

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