Genart last call review of draft-ietf-httpbis-message-signatures-16

Reviewer: Dan Romascanu
Review result: Ready with Nits

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Document: draft-ietf-httpbis-message-signatures-16
Reviewer: Dan Romascanu
Review Date: 2023-02-14
IETF LC End Date: 2023-02-20
IESG Telechat date: Not scheduled for a telechat


This document defines a mechanism for providing end-to-end integrity and
authenticity for components of an HTTP message. The mechanism allows
applications to create digital signatures or message authentication codes. This
mechanism supports use case where the full HTTP message may not be known to the
signer, and where the message may be transformed before reaching the verifier.
This document also describes a means for requesting that a signature be applied
to a subsequent HTTP message in an ongoing HTTP exchange.

It's a detailed and well-structured document. I appreciated the terminology
section that helped me understand many of the details in the following sections
without much need to go and search in other documents.

Major issues:

Minor issues:

Nits/editorial comments:

1. In Section 1:

>  The term "Unix time" is defined by [POSIX.1], Section 4.16

I am not sure that the URL is necessary, the reference may be sufficient.

2. I am wondering why the issues raised in 'Detecting HTTP Message Signatures'
are pushed into an Appendix. They seem quite important for implementers to be
mentioned in the body of the memo, maybe as a sub-section of the Introduction.

Received on Tuesday, 14 February 2023 11:39:16 UTC