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Re: Simple Access Control

From: John Turner <johnt@cgocable.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 10:33:26 +0500
Message-Id: <199712181533.KAA14137@mail.cgocable.net>
To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
At 04:13 PM 12/17/97 -0500, you wrote:
>At the IETF meeting, I raised the possibility of adopting
>a really simple access control model -- for example
>1. No principal hierarchy (i.e. user/group)
>2. Principals identified only by digital certificates
>3. Small fixed set of rights
>4. No ACL inheritance (either static or dynamic)
>5. Only creator of resource can set its ACL
>As I understood it, a number of people seemed to assert,
>that independent of the exact details, there were inherent
>unresolvable problems in adopting something simple.
>Would someone be kind enough to elucidate those
>  -- Ellis

For any serious document management application of WebDAV there is a need
for the documents to be well protected.  In addition, it is important to be
able bring forward the security models from existing or underlying products.
A simplistic security scheme would not meet these needs and would force us
to ignore or go outside those specified by WebDAV.  This would obviously
hurt the goal of interoperable WebDAV applications.

John Turner
Received on Thursday, 18 December 1997 10:33:47 UTC

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