WG Review: Web Packaging (wpack)

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A new IETF WG has been proposed in the Applications and Real-Time Area. The
IESG has not made any determination yet. The following draft charter was
submitted, and is provided for informational purposes only. Please send your
comments to the IESG mailing list (iesg@ietf.org) by 2020-02-17.

Web Packaging (wpack)
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Current status: BOF WG

Chairs:
  Sean Turner <sean+ietf@sn3rd.com>

Assigned Area Director:
  Alexey Melnikov <aamelnikov@fastmail.fm>

Applications and Real-Time Area Directors:
  Adam Roach <adam@nostrum.com>
  Alexey Melnikov <aamelnikov@fastmail.fm>
  Barry Leiba <barryleiba@computer.org>

Mailing list:
  Address: wpack@ietf.org
  To subscribe: https://www.ietf.org/mailman/listinfo/wpack
  Archive: https://mailarchive.ietf.org/arch/browse/wpack/

Group page: https://datatracker.ietf.org/group/wpack/

Charter: https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/charter-ietf-wpack/

The WPACK working group will develop a specification for a web packaging
format that efficiently bundles multiple HTTP representations. It will also
specify a way for the publisher to sign these resources such that a user
agent can trust that they came from their claimed web origins. Key goals for
WPACK are:

* Efficient storage across a range of resource combinations. Three use cases
to be supported are: a client-generated snapshot of a complete web page, a
web page's tree of JavaScript modules, and a selection of the whole web for
peer-to-peer distribution in a country when access to authoritative servers
is unavailable.

* The ability to create a snapshot of a web page without the cooperation of
its publisher.

* The ability to use a web app online or offline, with assurance of its
publisher, after a package of it was received from a peer.

* Low latency to load a subresource from a package, whether the package is
signed or unsigned, and whether the package is streamed or loaded from
random-access storage.

* Being extensible and crypto agile.

* Security and privacy properties of using signed bundles as close as
practical to TLS 1.3 transport of the same resources. Where properties do
change, the group will document exactly what changed and how affected people,
including content publishers and users, can compensate. Part of this is
analyzing how the shift from transport security to object security changes
the security properties of the web's existing features.

* Specifying constraints on how clients load the formats without describing
specific loading algorithm to help achieve the above goals.

The packaging format will also aim to achieve the following secondary goals
as long as they don't compromise or delay the above properties.

* Optimizations in encoding and processing when only a single resource (as
opposed to a collection thereof) is being packaged

* Support signed statements about subresources beyond just assertions that
they're accurate representations of particular URLs.

* Address the threat model of a website compromised after a user first uses
the site.

* Support books being published in the format.

* Optimize transport of large numbers of small same-origin resources.

* Allow publishers to efficiently combine sub-packages from other publishers.

The following goals are out of scope under this charter:

* DRM (Digital Rights Management)

* A way to distribute the private portions of a website. For example, WPACK
might define a way to distribute a messaging application but wouldn't define
a way to distribute individual messages without a direct connection to the
messaging application's origin server.

* Defining the details of how web browsers load the formats and interact with
any protocols we define here, aside from the constraints mentioned above.

* A way to automatically discover the URL for an accessible package that
includes specific content.

Note that consensus is required both for changes to the initially proposed
protocol mechanisms and for their retention. In particular, because something
is in an initial working group draft does not imply that there is consensus
around the feature or around how it is specified.

Relationship to Other WGs and SDOs

WPACK will work with the W3C and WHATWG to identify the existing security and
privacy models for the web, and to ensure those SDOs can define how this
format is used by web browsers.

The WPACK working group will work closely with the HTTPbis working group, in
particular WPACK will attempt to reuse HTTPBIS work on HTTP signing.

Milestones:

  Jun 2020 - Working group adoption of use cases document (will not be
  published as an RFC)

  Jun 2020 - Working group adoption of bundling document

  Jun 2020 - Working group adoption of security analysis document

  Jun 2020 - Working group adoption of privacy analysis document

  Jun 2020 - Working group adoption of signing document

  Sep 2021 - Submit the Bundling document to IESG

  Mar 2022 - Submit the Privacy analysis document to IESG

  Mar 2022 - Submit the Security analysis document to IESG

  Mar 2022 - Submit the Signing document to IESG