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Re: Idea for securityfix in HTML

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 18:12:11 -0500
Message-Id: <200211152312.SAA27119@no-knife.mit.edu>
To: "Xatr0z" <xatr0z@users.sourceforge.net>
cc: www-forms@w3.org, www-html@w3.org, www-html-editor@w3.org

> All this information is send without any encryption. We suggest to add
> the following attribute to the <INPUT> tag. Like this:

The problem, of course, is that if a form is loaded over http:// you may
know the data is being encrypted and sent somewhere but not _who_ it's
being sent to.  Authentication of both parties is a much more serious
problem than simple encryption of data (and note that you're trying to
prevent the theft of the client's identity--the password--but are doing
nothing to prevent the theft of the _server_'s identity).

Without addressing the authenticity of both sides of the transaction,
the best such a proposal can accomplish is a false sense of security.

Ninety-Ninety Rule of Project Schedules:

The first ninety percent of the task takes ninety
percent of the time, and the last ten percent takes the
other ninety percent.
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