Re: [Strint-attendees] Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-iab-strint-report-00.txt

Bert Bos <bert@w3.org> Tue, 06 May 2014 16:03 UTC

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On Monday 05 May 2014 16:56:07 Joseph Lorenzo Hall wrote:
> First, I want to give a hearty thanks the authors of the workshop
> report for this write-up. It's well done and covers a ton of ground.
> 
> A couple of comments:
> 
> * on p. 13 (Section 5.6) it says, "Traffic analysis is a research
> discipline that produces sometimes surprising findings, which are
> little known among protocol developers." I can't tell if this the the
> authors trying to be funny or if this is serious.

It was meant to be serious. How can we make it clearer?

> If it's serious, I'm
> wondering if there are ways to increase knowledge at IETF of traffic
> analytical threats? Like fingerprinting, it's very hard to protect
> against but certainly something that all things being equal protocols
> shouldn't make worse.

The workshop was already one way to increase awareness. :-) Any suggestions 
for text to put in the report?

> 
> * a bit farther, I wasn't sure how to fix this, which doesn't make
> grammatical sense to me: "However, it is not so easy to use these
> techniques well, and not actually make messages easier to recognise
> rather than harder." Does padding make messages easier to recognize
> than harder?

Hmm, the double negative makes the sentence difficult. I'll try to split it 
in two.



Bert
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