RE: security requirements (was: Updating RFC 2617 (HTTP Digest) to use UTF-8)

-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of William A. Rowe, Jr.
Sent: Sunday, November 05, 2006 1:22 AM
To: Paul Leach
Cc: Robert Sayre; Henrik Nordstrom; HTTP Working Group
Subject: Re: security requirements (was: Updating RFC 2617 (HTTP Digest)
to use UTF-8)

Paul Leach wrote:
> That's because making a protocol feature mandatory-to-implement does
> make it mandatory to configure. Hence, for example, one could not
> deduce, from either an HTTP/1.1 or a new HTTP/1.2 sent by a client,
> a server can send Basic or Digest challenge and be assured that it
> be understood by the client.

Not if they implemented an RFC 2616 client.
[Paul Leach] Why do you think that? 2616 says that authentication is

11 Access Authentication

   HTTP provides several OPTIONAL challenge-response authentication
   mechanisms which can be used by a server to challenge a client
   request and by a client to provide authentication information. The
   general framework for access authentication, and the specification of
   "basic" and "digest" authentication, are specified in "HTTP
   Authentication: Basic and Digest Access Authentication" [43]. This
   specification adopts the definitions of "challenge" and "credentials"
   from that specification.

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