Re: [TLS] HTTPS client-certificate-authentication in browsers

Paul Wouters <paul@xelerance.com> Mon, 25 July 2011 16:15 UTC

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From: Paul Wouters <paul@xelerance.com>
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Subject: Re: [TLS] HTTPS client-certificate-authentication in browsers
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On Mon, 25 Jul 2011, Anders Rundgren wrote:

> I don't believe that TLS CCA (Client Certificate Authentication) in the
> form of HTTPS as implemented in current browsers has much of a future.

<shameless plug>

I have been thinking of a "SNI" for the client side, and then decoupling
PKIX from the TLS auth to allow other forms of TLS server/client authentication:

http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-wouters-tls-oob-pubkey-00.txt

I actually had the CNI as part of the draft first. I'll do a quick 10 minute
talk on Thursday on this.

A client name identifier would allow mutual identification with an authentication
scheme picked by each end based on a qualifier.

Paul