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Re: Documenting implicit assumptions?

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 20:36:55 +0100
Cc: WebID XG <public-xg-webid@w3.org>
Message-Id: <89395385-CB6A-4355-A81C-FBB8FBF2F8C4@bblfish.net>
To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>

On 1 Feb 2011, at 19:56, Manu Sporny wrote:

> Forwarding something that was sent to me that should've been sent to the
> list.

Thanks. That fits as an answer to 
ISSUE-24: "Privacy issues from WebID URI dereferencing"

> 
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: Documenting implicit assumptions?
> Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 12:02:55 +0100
> From: Dominique Guardiola <dguardiola@quinode.fr>
> To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
> 
> My two cents, as a non-expert lurker
> Launching quickly an alternative to OpenID is one task,
> solving the problems other failed to solve is another
> 
> For example :
> 
>>> privacy is not guaranteed (an intermediary, or a "webid/profile  
>>> host",
>>> can detect a request from an server (say a bank, a private site, an
>>> adult site, a gambling site) to a users webid URI and thus know the  
>>> user
>>> has attempted to login on said site.
> 
> What's the difference with the knowledge current OpenID providers have
> on your activity ?
> This ultimately relies on the trust you put in your ID provider
> 
>>> the notion of public key holder owns to webid uri (on which the  
>>> protocol
>>> is currently predicated) is temporally weak, that is to say, the
>>> public/private key holder is not proven to still own / have write
>>> permissions to the webid resource.
> 
> Control of the profile page is also a vital point in openID : spammers
> gaining access to any google/yahoo account can use my openID to login
> everywhere on my behalf.
> 
> In fact, if classic login can be disabled on the profile hosting site,
> WebID can be more secure as it requires an access to one of your
> browser certificate to gain control on the profile page.
> 
> 
> --
> Dominique Guardiola
>  Tel : 04.27.86.84.37
>  Mob : 06.15.13.22.27
> 
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