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Re: WebID and ACL oriented Relations

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 12:16:01 -0400
Message-ID: <537A2E41.2030200@openlinksw.com>
To: public-webid@w3.org
On 5/19/14 11:32 AM, Kingsley Idehen wrote:
> All,
>
> Summarizing the long thread that centered around valid concerns about 
> WebID based ACLs that got a little lost in language.
>
> Sandro's fundamental concern, as I've come to understand it, based on 
> what exists across all the relevant specs:
>
> We currently have the :key Relation as the basis WebID based ACLs, so 
> to speak. Net effect, A WebID's association with a Public Key (via the 
> :key Relation) is the basis for controlled access to protected 
> resources. Basically, we have a very restrictive Relation that amounts 
> to the WebID being the focal point of ACLs.
>
> The assertion above, if true, is basically consistent with Sandro's 
> fundamental point and valid concerns.
>
> On my part, our systems don't work this way, so naturally, I didn't 
> instinctively pick up on Sandro's core (and valid) concern.
>
> As I also indicated, these issues have been debated in varying guises 
> over the years, most recently, I believe Melvin raised concerns about 
> the :key Relation too being that :key is an IFP. Ditto the FOAF 
> specificity of the WebID-TLS protocol.
>
> What can we do to fix this?
>
> In our specs, we shouldn't create the illusion of a canonical Relation 
> (e.g., :key) for WebID based ACLs. Basically, doing that leads to the 
> WebID + Public Key (which is the object of  :key Relation) being the 
> sole ACL basis, and that's equivalent to making a WebID the sole 
> basis, which is indeed problematic.
>
> At the very least, the specs should showcase alternative relations 
> e.g., :account ,  :holdsAccount etc.. If we do that, I believe the 
> problem goes away.
>
> Sandro:
>
> Long thread, but we've found ourselves at a point of clarity, I hope :-)
>
>

Forgot to add a reference to the Identity Interoperability document 
which is relevant to this discussion.


[1] http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/webid/wiki/Identity_Interoperability .

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