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Re: Redirects continued -- was: Problem with certificate on home-grown WebID

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 18:46:31 +0100
Cc: Pierre-Antoine Champin <pierre-antoine.champin@liris.cnrs.fr>, Sebastian Trüg <sebastian@trueg.de>, public-xg-webid XG <public-xg-webid@w3.org>, Carvalho Melvin <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>, "foaf-protocols@lists.foaf-project.org" <foaf-protocols@lists.foaf-project.org>
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To: Mo McRoberts <mo.mcroberts@bbc.co.uk>

On 21 Dec 2011, at 18:27, Mo McRoberts wrote:

> 
> On 21 Dec 2011, at 16:19, Henry Story wrote:
> 
>> Since we are looking for use case for webids that redirect, let me ask you: why did you find
>> it important to have your webid redirect?
> 
> Off the top of my head, I can think of a few reasons why people would:
> 
> - because changing the WebID profile URI without being able to use redirects would involve re-issuing the WebID certificate
> 
> - because the WebID URI is used by other things and I don't want inconsistency between them (and the associated management headaches)
> 
> - because I use conneg and the particular implementation sends a 303 to point to the specific representation negotiated with the client (I actually hate this pattern, but, meh, there are fairly valid reasons to do it)
> 
> - because it's not clear from the spec what happens to my account on various sites when the WebID URI changes… (if the WebID URI is used by relying parties to identify me, and that URI changes in the certificate that I'm presenting, do I effectively become a new person?)
> 
> M.

Ok. Lots of good reasons for redirects then in ISSUE-64 :-)  Now we just should look at security issues.

I remember Peter Williams bringing up infinite redirects, max number of redirects, ... But perhaps there are also other scenarios which evil characters can use to waylay people. 



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