Re: [MLS] multiple devices per user?

Stephen Farrell <> Sun, 25 March 2018 13:28 UTC

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Subject: Re: [MLS] multiple devices per user?
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On 24/03/18 22:32, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
> Wouldn't it be safer and simpler to assume a design that insists on
> single-key-per-user, and hide multi-device private-key-synchronization
> from the other participants in the group chat?

Speaking as a user and teeny-weeny service operator (most
recently of the riot/matrix variety), but not as an implementer:-

- I've no problem with device specifics being visible to the
small groups of which I'm a member or that I support.

- I would prefer that device specific details not be visible
in larger settings, e.g. were I a member of a group with ~100
members or more say, or if using some federation scheme, where
I won't necessarily know group sizes or memberships.

- I understand that it might be simpler to treat each device
independently within MLS, but would be happier if the WG spent
a bit of time considering whether it is possible to do better
and provide a way for applications to hide device specifics if
that makes sense to the application.