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Re: First draft of Browser Payments 1.0 spec published

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 May 2013 22:32:38 +0200
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To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Cc: Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>
On 9 May 2013 22:17, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com> wrote:

> On 05/07/2013 02:05 PM, Melvin Carvalho wrote:
> > https://github.com/web-payments/browser-payments/
> >
> > I think perhaps there needs to be some thought about security.
> > Maybe even a security considerations section.
> Good point, I added an issue to track this:
> https://github.com/web-payments/browser-payments/issues/9
> > One thing that springs to mind is.  If I have an email, but do not
> > implement /.well-known/browserid would it be possible for mozilla to
> > impersonate me and send a payment?
> The current design of Persona allows the centralized identity service
> that they currently run to impersonate anyone on any site that uses a
> Persona login. The underlying assumption with Persona today is that the
> web trusts Mozilla when it comes to identity.

I believe mozilla was voted the webs most trusted brand recently.  However,
even still, while you may trust someone in the context of using a browser,
you may be less willing to trust them with the keys to your bank account.

> Even when Persona becomes more decentralized, the underlying system will
> still require you to trust your identity/email provider to make claims
> about the validity of your e-mail address.

As above email as identity is a great option, but need not be the only

> Ultimately, if you are going to have identity on the web, you have to
> trust the server running the software. :)

User choice is a good when it comes to financial systems I think, which is
why I also like payswarm's identity solution here.

> -- manu
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