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Re: Simple Page-Owner Token (SPOT) Authentication

From: Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren.net@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:42:11 +0100
Message-ID: <546CAC43.60303@gmail.com>
To: Mo McRoberts <Mo.McRoberts@bbc.co.uk>, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
CC: "public-webid@w3.org" <public-webid@w3.org>
On 2014-11-19 14:33, Mo McRoberts wrote:
> We use TLS CCA within the BBC for access to production services and tools. Thousands upon thousands of people use them regularly. I'm an issuer for third parties who've signed NDAs to get certs, so I also have to deal with them when they get unstuck. I can tell you absolutely categorically that the CCA user experience *is* universally terrible, especially around cert/key management. I know this not because I'm jumping to conclusions on behalf of end-users, but because I have to support the end-users who are using CCA.

Exactly, the certificate/key management mechanism featured in for example Firefox was designed 1995.
Micosoft's [even more useless] CertEnroll came with Windows 98.

It was OK back then but not today.


> M.
>> On  2014-Nov-19, at 13:16, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com> wrote:
>> On 11/18/14 9:42 PM, Sandro Hawke wrote:
>>> On 11/12/2014 01:01 AM, Anders Rundgren wrote:
>>>> On 2014-11-12 05:36, Sandro Hawke wrote:
>>>>> On 11/10/2014 06:39 AM, Melvin Carvalho wrote:
>>>>>> Just wanted to highlight this interesting work from sandro
>>>>> Thanks.   I should say the design came out of discussions with Andrei Sambra,
>>>>> trying to avoid the problems with poor browser support of client certificates.
>>>> Sandro, that's a very interesting statement since the W3C is just about to launch
>>>> a continuation of WebCrypto which indeed may be focused on certificates and browsers!
>>> I'm just speaking for myself as a user and software developer; I'm not involved in that W3C work.  My feeling is the UX is terrible. My understanding is the only people who ever use it are people without a choice, like enterprise employees and university students.  What fraction of consumer websites use client certs for user authentication?   I've never seen one.   I think that's because the UX is so bad.
>>>       -- Sandro
>> Sandro,
>> If users are clueless about what they are doing, no amount of UX + UI will solve that. This issue isn't just about browser implementations, its about the combined effects of understanding (on the parts of users and app developers), UX, and UI.
>> Focusing on the "UI/UX is bad" narrative will not fix anything. Which is akin to the "RDF tools are bad" narrative.
>> Why don't we try a little harder in regards to exploiting the pinhole that TLS CCA offers? We've done that, and had success [1].
>> Users don't have a major problem with TLS CCA once they understand what's happening. Like many things (in my experience) its developers that are once again jumping to their own conclusions on behalf of end-users.
>> [1] http://youid.openlinksw.com -- Certificate Generator that produces Certs that make TLS CCA interactions easier to understand (New HTML version will soon be released) .
>> -- 
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