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Re: Origin vs Authority; use of HTTPS (draft-nottingham-site-meta-01)

From: Ben Laurie <benl@google.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 13:38:51 +0000
Message-ID: <1b587cab0902230538y26f3f5j97e3ecd4f775d339@mail.gmail.com>
To: Adam Barth <w3c@adambarth.com>
Cc: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>, Eran Hammer-Lahav <eran@hueniverse.com>, "www-talk@w3.org" <www-talk@w3.org>
On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 7:10 AM, Adam Barth <w3c@adambarth.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 22, 2009 at 6:14 PM, Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net> wrote:
>> A common use case (we think) will be to have
>> <http://www.us.example.com/host-meta> HTTP redirect to
>> <http://www.hq.example.com/host-meta>, or some other URI that's not on the
>> same origin (as you defined it).
>
> What behavior do you think is desirable here?  From a security point
> of view, I would expect the host-meta from http://www.hq.example.com
> to apply to http://www.hq.example.com (and not to
> http://www.us.example.com).

I don't see why - if www.us.example.com chooses to delegate to
www.hq.example.com, that that is its affair, not ours, surely?

It does complicate matters if you are expecting host-meta to be signed, though.

>
>> I think that the disconnect here is that your use case for 'origin' and this
>> one -- while similar in many ways -- differ in this one, for good reasons.
>
> I don't understand this comment.  In draft-abarth-origin, we need to
> compute the origin of a HTTP request.  In this draft, we're interested
> in computing the origin of an HTTP response.
>
>> As such, I'm wondering whether or not it's useful to use the term 'origin'
>> in this draft -- potentially going as far as renaming it (again!) to
>> /origin-meta, although Eran is a bit concerned about confusing early
>> adopters (with good cause, I think).
>
> I don't have strong feelings about naming, but I wouldn't call it
> origin-meta because different applications of the file might have
> different (i.e., non-origin) scopes.
>
> Adam
>
>
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