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Re: Removing trolls and off-topic conversation from Web Security IG? [was Re: A Somewhat Critical View of SOP (Same Origin Policy)]

From: Hadi Nahari <hnahari@nvidia.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:36:11 +0000
To: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@w3.org>, "public-web-security@w3.org" <public-web-security@w3.org>
Message-ID: <D2282EAE.173CEF%hnahari@nvidia.com>

On 9/23/15, 9:43 AM, "Harry Halpin" <hhalpin@w3.org> wrote:

>On 09/23/2015 12:25 PM, Martin Paljak wrote:
>> Hello,
>> On 23/09/15 18:45, Harry Halpin wrote:
>>> At this point, I think it would be a useful discussion for the Chair of
>>> the IG to move the IG to member-only in a re-chartering, as it may be
>>> the only way to keep the discussion on-topic.
>> What exactly is off-topic or trolling?
>> It seems to me that people have quite nicely tried to bring up the
>> possibility of at least *discussing* security models other than SOP for
>> certain scnarios, but are being turned down with "you don't seem to know
>> how the Web works, the Web will not work with that, only SOP is ever
>> being discussed, period".
>> While SOP is a fundamental principle for web security, I don't think it
>> is *the* principle everything and anything must comply to. Am I wrong?
>> Maybe it makes sense to remind two nice sayings:
>> "Browser is supposed to be a User-Agent, not Industry-Agent"
>> and
>> "If all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail"
>> I don't know what exactly you think by "the Web" but it seems that there
>> is a fundamental difference in understanding what the user actually
>> wants or is supposed to want or is allowed to want.
>> Clearly articulating that you don't care and don't want to listen is OK,
>> but rejecting meaningful dialogue by masking it as "trolling" is not
>> going to lead to fruitful results.
>> I think it is obvious that there is a fundamental difference between how
>> certain groups think or envision "the web" but I see no fundamental
>> reason why the two groups can't work together on technical terms,
>> finding the balance and compromises between the different approach to
>> security, privacy etc.
>> Except for "don't want to play together, so no point in trying" is the
>> reason, in which case it really makes no sense. That's not the web I'm
>I am bringing up the point that the Web Security Interest Group is based
>on the "Web", whose only meaningful security boundary is the Same Origin
>It would of course be within scope on how to tie existing, non-Web
>security models to the Web Security Model and to respect the same origin
>policy. I suggested for example, per-origin based key derivation. There
>are many other possible routes.
>However, throwing Same Origin Policy out would be out of scope and is a
>non-starter likely for anything that be implemented. If there are basic
>problems understanding the Same Origin Policy, I believe this should be
>addressed off-list. For non-Web security standards, there are many other
>forums to chose from.
>   cheers,
>       harry
>> Martin


I have been following this specific thread with a great deal of interest
and havenıt felt spammed. I think your attempt to shut this down is out of
line, though I agree that a bit of civility could help. The [non-]
argument of ³you donıt know how [X] works² is not logical reasoning, and
does not replace it.

>> Š ³whose only meaningful security boundary is the Same Origin Policy.
I disagree. This is the whole reason that having conversations like this
is useful so that we ³evaluate² whether this is true, rather than ³assert²

Letıs, instead, follow and apply rules of civilized argumentation, rather
than just shut things down. Not cool.

P.S. Though I donıt agree with all Mr. Rundgrenıs assertions, but have
also seen some vile attacks/responses against him, which I think are
unwarranted. D.S.

Hadi Nahari, Chief Security Architect
NVIDIA, +1.408.562.7916
Dubito ergo mihi licet esse

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