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

Alexey Melnikov <alexey.melnikov@isode.com> Fri, 06 February 2015 15:45 UTC

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Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:44:49 +0000
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Subject: Re: [http-auth] Last Call: <draft-ietf-httpauth-basicauth-update-05.txt> (The 'Basic' HTTP Authentication Scheme) to Proposed Standard
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On 06/02/2015 15:35, Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:
> * 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".
Maybe something like "free-form text that MUST NOT be interpreted by 
clients"?
I would also like to keep "which can only be compared for equality with 
other realms on that server", as this is the important part.