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Re: {minutes} HTML WG media telecon 2013-08-13 - EME status and bugs discussion

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:33:40 -0700
Cc: Joe Steele <steele@adobe.com>, "public-html-media@w3.org" <public-html-media@w3.org>
Message-id: <CC7DA5A3-B87F-46DF-AB7D-F4470BB433D4@apple.com>
To: robert@ocallahan.org

On Aug 14, 2013, at 16:33 , Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 4:11 AM, Joe Steele <steele@adobe.com> wrote:
> johnsim: the issue here goes back to the definition of openness we are exploring
> ... seems like it may only be acheivable depending on how you define opennesss
> ... if you require the internal functioning of the CDM to be published, that is overly intrusive
> ... like to know more about the actual requirements, what problem it solves
> paulc: more compatibility with open source
> johnsim: in the sense that someone could implement the CDM without working with the proprietary key system provider
> ... could provide a bogus DRM that would not enforce restrictions - not reliable
> markw: that question is exactly what I asked Robert before, he gave a detailed answer with information about security and privacy reviews
> ... think it is reasonable to ask, it is up to the DRMs to determine whether this would compromise the DRM system
> Thanks Mark.
> The proposal in the bug explicitly does not require publication of all the information required to reimplement a CDM --- since that obviously wouldn't fly. The proposal in the bug is to publish all information about the operation of the CDM except for the values of cryptographic keys. This matches the "best practices" of modern cryptography, in which the security of a system depends only on keeping secret keys secret, not on keeping secret how the system works.

There will usually also be something about the operation of the DRM that enables the client to demonstrate that it's a respectable implementation -- not one that was designed, for example, to transcode to clear media and save the result.

> Discussion in the bug answers questions recorded in the minutes --- please read it.
> Rather than have group members speculate about the acceptability of these requirements to CDM vendors, we should elicit direct public feedback from CDM vendors on whether they can accept these requirements --- and if not, why not.
> Rob
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David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Thursday, 15 August 2013 17:34:10 UTC

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