Re: Proposal:

I'd love the option for this to be just a bit more sophisticated.
Discovery of the password change resource is just the first part of the
authentication discoverability problem.  I'd argue that 2FA is a much
bigger one.  It's been a dormant pet project of mine to write an browser
extension that notifies users when 2FA is available on a site, and directs
them to the appropriate settings page.  It would be even better if the well
known resource could be authenticated and offer an indication of whether
and what kind of 2FA is on, and the availability of advanced features like
U2F or WebAuthentication.  This would allow the extension (and eventually
the browser) could show the user a traffic light or similar for their
security posture and encourage 2FA adoption.  e.g. if the browser knows
you've used U2F on one site, it can notify you when you visit somewhere
else where you could use it, without having to disclose that you are a U2F
user to the site so they could make the promotion themselves.

On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 9:04 PM John Wilander <> wrote:

> Hi Jeffrey!
> On Apr 3, 2018, at 8:45 PM, Jeffrey Yasskin <> wrote:
> I don't have a strong opinion about this, but have any existing password
> managers or websites given you feedback about how they'd use this proposal?
> For example, LastPass has an "Auto Change Password" option. Would this be
> enough to help that work in more cases, or do they need something more
> structured at the endpoint?
> We run a popular password manager ourselves which is where this proposal
> originates. In addition, we have discussed it with one other password
> manager. Rather than speak for them I’ll see if I can get them to comment
> straight to the list.
> Maybe we have password manager folks on the list already? Would this
> well-known location be useful to you?
>    Regards, John
> Jeffrey
> On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 4:32 PM John Wilander <> wrote:
>> Hi WebAppSec!
>> We’re thinking of proposing a well-known URL location where users can
>> change their password or other credentials. Since this working group owns
>> the Credential Management spec, we’d like to get your feedback before we
>> email
>> # The problem
>> When a password/credential manager wants to facilitate a user updating
>> their credentials, there isn't a good way to determine which part of the
>> relevant website to send the user to or to signal to the website that the
>> user's intent is to modify their credentials.
>> # The proposal
>> as a well-known URL
>> endpoint that signals user intent to modify their credentials. The web
>> server can serve a page at this location or do an HTTP or client-side
>> redirect. The location should be restricted to HTTPS, including any
>> redirects. RFC5785 doesn’t mention scheme restrictions but hopefully we can
>> work that out with the reviewers.
>> What are your thoughts?
>>    Regards, John

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