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Re: [widgets] Jar signing vs. XML signatures

From: Frederick Hirsch <frederick.hirsch@nokia.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 15:16:01 -0400
Cc: Frederick Hirsch <frederick.hirsch@nokia.com>, "marcosc@opera.com" <marcosc@opera.com>, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>, public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
Message-Id: <3A8C2759-D899-4903-9042-E487845D3043@nokia.com>
To: ext Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
I believe Thomas gave technical reasons, that I agree with, why it is  
unnecessary to do this rework.

We are not using the transform chain where complexity and performance  
issues occur, and the schema concerns as far as I can tell are a non- 
issue as Thomas noted. What does " rely on XSD" as an issue mean, when  
we do not require schema validation? Is it a problem to use schema to  
express types (e.g. anyURI to mean put a URI as an attribute value etc)

XML Security is also an existing solution since 2002 and is profiled  
down in this case.  There are already XML implementations.

So apart from personal preference I do not see why a change is needed.

regards, Frederick

Frederick Hirsch

On Apr 15, 2009, at 3:00 PM, ext Jonas Sicking wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 4:38 AM, Marcos Caceres <marcosc@opera.com>  
> wrote:
>> Although I agree that it was probably a short-sightedness mistake on
>> our part to not have looked at JAR signing at the start of this
>> process, I think it is too late for you to ask us to dump over a year
>> worth of work on this spec - especially as we are about to go to Last
>> Call and have significant industry support (BONDI) for using XML
>> Signatures. Although I also agree that there are issues with
>> canonicalization, I find it hard to believe that JAR signatures are
>> not without their own problems. I think it would be more productive  
>> to
>> help us address the issues that you mentioned, instead of asking us  
>> to
>> dump everything and start again.
> This is a really bad reason not to rework the widget signing spec. I
> really hope that there are other more technical reasons that is
> keeping us from reworking the spec. As an example the CORS spec had
> been in the works for the better part of two years when we started
> making some serious changes to it based technical input from reviews.
> In the end we ended up adding and removing so many things that nothing
> from the original spec was left in. And we were all better off because
> of it.
> Signing of archives is something that has been solved for a long time
> at a significantly lower complexity than the current spec. So it
> really shouldn't take that much effort to rework the spec by taking
> input from existing solutions.
> I'm not suggesting scrapping the spec and starting over. However do
> take a look at even the bigger technical solutions in the spec and see
> if they can be improved.
> Given W3Cs philosophy of what is allowed to be standardized under W3Cs
> roof, the fact that the spec reuses W3C specs carries very little
> weight with me. For example the fact that it relies on XSD means that
> it's a non-started for me.
> I'm also not sure why we need to rely on canonicalizing XML files.
> / Jonas
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