Re: [http-auth] Last Call: <draft-ietf-httpauth-basicauth-update-05.txt> (The 'Basic' HTTP Authentication Scheme) to Proposed Standard

Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net> Fri, 06 February 2015 15:35 UTC

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From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
To: Alexey Melnikov <alexey.melnikov@isode.com>
Subject: Re: [http-auth] Last Call: <draft-ietf-httpauth-basicauth-update-05.txt> (The 'Basic' HTTP Authentication Scheme) to Proposed Standard
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:35:21 +0100
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* Alexey Melnikov wrote:
>On 05/02/2015 22:49, Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:
>  [snip]
>>     The realm value is an opaque string
>>     which can only be compared for equality with other realms on that
>>     server.
>>
>> RFC 7235 says "The realm value is a string, generally assigned by the
>> origin server, that can have additional semantics specific to the
>> authentication scheme." This seems contradictory (perhaps the intent is
>> to say that for the particular case of Basic, the realm value is opaque
>> in contrast to other schemes where it might not be opaque, but that is
>> not clear from the text) and misleading (users make decisions based on
>> the string, which often contains human readable text, so it's not really
>> opaque to them).
>
>I think it is opaque to clients and servers, so they shouldn't try to 
>parse it.

A better phrase would be something like "free-form text".
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