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Re: [XHR] open method extension for TLS authentication

From: Nathan <nathan@webr3.org>
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2011 19:03:55 +0000
Message-ID: <4D4AFC1B.7050404@webr3.org>
To: Tim <tim-research@sentinelchicken.org>
CC: public-webapps@w3.org

Probably worth noting that HTTP+TLS with client side certificates 
already works over XHR, when the request for a cert comes in the 
browsers handle it in the usual way.

That said, this would be /very/ useful, in fact we were just discussing 
this today, where I too mentioned TLS and SRP together with other forms 
of authentication, and that moving to TLS Extension support would 
probably be wise in the long term.

see: http://krijnhoetmer.nl/irc-logs/whatwg/20110203#l-870
  through to 14:51 for context

Thanks for raising this,


Tim wrote:
> Anne, others,
> Do you have any opinions on this?
> There have recently been some good discussions around HTTP
> authentication on IETF mailing lists, and I think having some
> flexibility here would be useful in the long run.
> tim
> On Thu, Jan 06, 2011 at 08:50:00AM -0800, Tim wrote:
>> Hello,
>> It occurred to me recently that the way in which the current draft
>> XMLHttpRequest standard is written could be extended to allow for
>> other forms of authentication at lower layers.  In particular, it
>> should be possible to allow for the use of pre-shared key
>> authentication (RFC 4279) or for SRP/TLS based on the credentials
>> provided in the open() method.  For password-based systems in TLS,
>> it should be a simple matter to just *allow* for such behavior, but
>> not necessarily define it in detail.
>> However, it does sort of open the door for more complex authentication
>> schemes at lower layers, including certificate authentication and the
>> like.  Perhaps optional parameters of some sort would be needed to
>> support this.
>> What do you think?
>> tim
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