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Re: A Decentralized Hashtable for the Web

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 2015 23:38:53 -0500
Message-ID: <56383A5D.2020307@digitalbazaar.com>
To: Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>
On 11/02/2015 08:29 PM, UniDyne wrote:
> Are we talking about signed or unsigned identifiers here?

The identifiers are signed with the key that created them. The
identifiers also have an access control list set of keys and other
identifiers that are able to update the entry associated with the
identifier in the WebDHT.

> It seems like you would need a trusted third party (CA) to verify 
> their identity in the first place.

We make a distinction between 'identifier', and 'identity'. The WebDHT
is not about 'identity'. It's about 'identifiers'.

To prove ownership over an identifier, all you need is a set of public
keys associated with the identifier and a challenge. Any entity that has
ownership over the identifier proves their ownership by signing the
challenge. No CAs necessary (by design).

Identity is where the Identity Credentials spec comes in:


In this case, you can have other entities vouch for your identity
through various means provided in the Identity Credentials spec above.

> If someone loses their key (or it is compromised),  they would need 
> to revoke the old key and vouch for the replacement.

Yes, and the previous email to the group goes into a bit of detail about
how this happens in the WebDHT.

-- manu

Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny, G+: +Manu Sporny)
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