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FW: More changes.

From: Hallam-Baker, Phillip <pbaker@verisign.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 08:20:09 -0800
Message-ID: <CE541259607DE94CA2A23816FB49F4A3F70298@vhqpostal6.verisign.com>
To: "Www-Xkms (E-mail)" <www-xkms@w3.org>
1 Changed all the .test examples to example.com
2 Using Locate and Validate
I think the problem here was that the text gave an example that was
perhaps too specific. So I have removed the diagram and reworded
extensively taking into account the issues raised by Joseph. 
The new text does not mention a specific example, I think the PGP
example proposed by Joseph would have led to the same type of issues
that the S/MIME example did. Instead we note that Validate is
intrinsically narrower in the audience it serves, in particular it only
provides valie to clients that trust it, clients that don't trust it
should be using locate since the validate service might well apply the
wrong validation criteria.

Using Locate and Validate

The Locate and Validate operations are both used to obtain information
about a public key from an XKMS Service. Locate and Validate services
are both expected to attempt to provide correct information to the
requestor. The Locate and Validate services differ in the extent to
which the service vouches for the trustworthiness the information

A Location service SHOULD attempt to provide only information which is
trustworthy to the best of its knowledge but does not provide any
assurance that it will do so. Information obtained from a Locate service
SHOULD NOT be relied upon unless it is validated. Validation may be
achieved by forwarding the data to a Validate service or by performing
the necessary trust path verification locally.

A Validation service undertakes to only return information which has
been positively validated by the XKMS Service as meeting specific
validation criteria. A client MAY rely on the information returned by
the service without further validation provided that the client has a
means to determine that the information returned is authentic and is
assured that the trust service applied the means of validation
appropriate to the circumstances.

No single set of validation criteria are appropriate to every
circumstance. Applications involving financial transactions are likely
to require the application of very specific validation criteria that
ensure that certain contractual and/or regulatory policies are enforced.
The Locate service provides a key discovery function that is neutral
with respect to the validation criteria that the client application may
apply. The Validate service provides a key discovery and validation
function that produces a results which are each specific to a single set
of validation criteria.

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