Re: [TLS] Publication of draft-rhrd-tls-tls13-visibility-00

Stephen Farrell <stephen.farrell@cs.tcd.ie> Wed, 25 October 2017 21:32 UTC

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Subject: Re: [TLS] Publication of draft-rhrd-tls-tls13-visibility-00
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Thank you Nick.

On 25/10/17 20:34, Nick Sullivan wrote:
> On that note, so what if some browsers opt in? Servers need to also opt-in
> to setting visibility keys.

It is good to see the discussion move on from the proponents'
seeming inability to envisage that anything bad could possibly
happen here;-)

I believe you are right that if we standardise this, it is
reasonably likely to end up in some browser. (I've no idea
how to estimate that probability, so we're all guessing
really.)

As you might expect, I disagree with your analysis as to the
consequences if browsers did support this.

Just as one example, I read today of reports that some people
have been arrested/accused partly on the basis that they downloaded
some software [1] so it is sadly far too easy to imagine that
some regime somewhere would arrest people for having a browser
that does not support this "standard" feature. Note, I'm not
saying I accept all details of the story in [1] as such things
are often badly reported, but I do assert that such issues are
ones we ought be seriously considering.

For me, us defining a feature like this that could be mandated,
for wiretapping, or the absence of which could get folks into
that kind of trouble, is just not something we ought be risking,
regardless of our inability to estimate the probabilities
involved.

S.

[1]
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/25/amnesty-turkish-chair-taner-kilic-on-trial-over-failed-coup