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Re: Repost of CompuServe Position on Passphrases

From: Phil Karlton <karlton@netscape.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 14:43:50 -0700
Message-ID: <31F93C16.167E@netscape.com>
To: Dan Simon <dansimon@microsoft.com>
CC: Don Schmidt <donsch@microsoft.com>, "'John Macko'" <jmacko@nisa.compuserve.com>, "'Tom Weinstein'" <tomw@netscape.com>, "'ietf-tls@w3.org'" <ietf-tls@w3.org>
Dan Simon wrote:

> Once again, the addition of the shared-key authentication feature to TLS
> does absolutely *nothing* to anyone who doesn't want to use it,
> implement it or support it.  No one I know of is suggesting that it
> would be in any way improper to refuse to support this feature in one's
> software, machine, installation, enterprise or Web site.  It would be
> there for those who (in Phil's opinion are foolish enough to) want to
> use it in concert with others in the same frame of mind.  So what on
> earth is the big deal?

Interoperability for one. If the community fragments into differing
authentication sub-camps, we all lose.

Philip L. Karlton		karlton@netscape.com
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