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Re: Extending the WebID protocol with Access Delegation

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:03:30 +0200
Cc: public-webid@w3.org
Message-Id: <3F854868-B336-4D9C-91FE-9F76A77FBAE1@bblfish.net>
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>

On 14 Aug 2012, at 14:34, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com> wrote:

> On 8/14/12 7:11 AM, Henry Story wrote:
>> Of interest to both RWW and WebID group:
>> 
>> Sebastian Tramp, Andrei Sambra, Philip Frischmuth, Michael Martin, Sören Auer and I have submitted a paper entitled "Extending the WebID protocol with Access Delegation"  for the ISCW 2012, 3rd International Workshop on Consuming Linked Data
>>      http://bblfish.net/tmp/2012/08/05/WebID_Delegation.pdf
>> 
>> The paper has not been accepted yet, and the review process will very likely allow us to revise parts of it. But the review process can start here already. Feedback, ideas and implementations are welcome :-)
>> 
>> More pointers on the wiki
>>        http://www.w3.org/wiki/WebID/Authorization_Delegation#External_pointers
>> 
>> Sincerely,
>> 
>> 	Henry
>> 
>> Social Web Architect
>> http://bblfish.net/
>> 
>> 
>> 
> 
> Henry,
> 
> In my previous WebID ACL examples I had a social relationship oriented rule that looked up:
> :bob foaf:knows :alice .
> 
> I might just as well create another that states:
> :bob cert:secretary :secretary  .

yep. The namespace is currently provisionally the cert namespace.
It seems to me that it would be better placed in the auth namespace

   http://www.w3.org/ns/auth/auth#

which Timbl controlls. So hopefully thoughts on this topic here and in the workshop
can help settle this topic. 


> 
> Here is my actual Virtuoso or ODS access rule where I just use ^[webid]^ as my placeholder for the WebID being tested:
> 
> PREFIX sioc: <http://rdfs.org/sioc/ns#>
> PREFIX rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#>
> PREFIX foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/>
> 
> ASK WHERE {^{webid}^ rdf:type foaf:Person;
>                    foaf:knows ?s
> FILTER (?s IN (<http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/card#i>,
> <http://kingsley.idehen.net/dataspace/person/kidehen#this>,
> <http://id.myopenlink.net/dataspace/person/KingsleyUyiIdehen#this>,
>                     <http://www.turnguard.com/turnguard>,
> <http://bblfish.net/people/henry/card#me>,
>                     <http://melvincarvalho.com/#me>))
>                    }

You are asking this of the foaf profile linked to the WebID Profile of the agent making the request. Or the union of both, right? (Timbl has his foaf in a separate file for example) So you are asking: does the person trying to gain access declare himself as being someone who knows one of the list of people in the FILTER clause.


> Which becomes:
> 
> PREFIX sioc: <http://rdfs.org/sioc/ns#>
> PREFIX rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#>
> PREFIX foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/>
> 
> ASK WHERE {^{webid}^ rdf:type foaf:Person.
>                   ?s cert:secretary ^[webid]^
> FILTER (?s IN (<http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/card#i>,
> <http://kingsley.idehen.net/dataspace/person/kidehen#this>,
> <http://id.myopenlink.net/dataspace/person/KingsleyUyiIdehen#this>,
>                     <http://www.turnguard.com/turnguard>,
> <http://bblfish.net/people/henry/card#me>,
>                     <http://melvincarvalho.com/#me>))
>                     }


I suppose you are asking this of the webid/foaf profile of the requester as in the previous query (filling in the FROM clause would be useful in the example)

ASK
FROM ?webid
WHERE { ?webid rdf:type foaf:Person.
        ?s cert:secretary ?webid .
 FILTER (?s IN (<http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/card#i>,
                <http://kingsley.idehen.net/dataspace/person/kidehen#this>,
                <http://id.myopenlink.net/dataspace/person/KingsleyUyiIdehen#this>,
                <http://www.turnguard.com/turnguard>,
                <http://bblfish.net/people/henry/card#me>,
                <http://melvincarvalho.com/#me>))
       }

where ?webid is bound to the SAN of the X509 certificate.
(in Jena and Sesame, one can bind variables on precompiled queries prior to execution - though I never yet tried binding on a variable in a FROM field...)

Here you are allowing anyone access who declares that they have ?s as secretary, where ?s is Tim Berners Lee, you, me, Turnguard, or Melvin. I am not sure these people will be able to take on this job offer. Tim seems to be quite busy running the W3c already, and I think you are well occupied too :-)

The role of the secretarty is more likely to be taken by an agent such as the virtuoso server who is acting on behalf of people who it publishes data for. The following query is closer:

ASK
FROM ?webid
WHERE { ?webid rdf:type foaf:Person .
        ?webid cert:secretary ?s .
 FILTER (?s IN (<http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/card#i>,
                <http://kingsley.idehen.net/dataspace/person/kidehen#this>,
                <http://id.myopenlink.net/dataspace/person/KingsleyUyiIdehen#this>,
                <http://www.turnguard.com/turnguard>,
                <http://bblfish.net/people/henry/card#me>,
                <http://melvincarvalho.com/#me>))
       }

But that query would be asking the authenticating agent who it is a secretary for. That would make it
too easy for anyone to gain access. I know in your first example the idea was to make it easy to spread the number of people who claim to know any of us as much as possible. But that was a weak access control rule which is perfectly fine. The Delegated Auth though is trying to be precise in who it gives access to a resource in a delegted manner (however strict or weak the access on that resource is). So here this weakness is going to be more confusing than helpful.

Unless the above query is made not on the Profile of the requesting secretary, but on the profile on behalf of whom she is acting. Then the above query is correct. But it has to go hand in hand with a checking of the On-Behalf-Of header in the request.

Which also brings us to the question - do we need to make that X-On-Behalf-Of? We need to tune this a little bit and bring it to the attention of the HTTP working group.

Henry

> 
> I am happy to setup this rule for live testing.
> 
> -- 
> 
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> 
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