[cryptography] Client certificate crypto with a twist
smb at cs.columbia.edu
Wed Oct 10 11:52:11 EDT 2012
On Oct 10, 2012, at 9:09 AM, Ben Laurie <ben at links.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM, Guido Witmond <guido at wtmnd.nl> wrote:
>> Hello Everyone,
>> I'm proposing to revitalise an old idea. With a twist.
>> The TL;DR:
>> 1. Ditch password based authentication over the net;
>> 2. Use SSL client certificates instead;
>> Here comes the twist:
>> 3. Don't use the few hundred global certificate authorities to sign
>> the client certificates. These CA's require extensive identity
>> validations before signing a certificate. These certificates are
>> only useful when the real identity is needed.
>> Currently, passwords provide better privacy but lousy security;
>> 4. Instead: install a CA-signer at every website that signs
>> certificates that are only valid for that site. Validation
>> requirement before signing: CN must be unique.
Or a very old, long-expired draft with the same theme:
--Steve Bellovin, https://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb
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