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Subject: Re: [security-services-comment] XASP: Permitting use of Subject Alt Names?

On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 3:47 PM, Kemp, David P. <DPKemp@missi.ncsc.mil> wrote:
> If other
> parties are interested in defining URIs for, for example, IP Address,
> this would be the place to do so.

If you think it's appropriate for the spec you're writing, I'd be
interested in contributing a profile that extends BaseID to carry a
complete X.509 certificate.

> Speaking of which, can you provide some insight on why there are two
> X.509 profiles with the same date (27 March 2008), very similar content,
> and overlapping sets of contributors?

That's a very long story, and I admit I'm mostly to blame.  The
Attribute Sharing Profile didn't quite meet my needs, so at some point
the TC decided to fork a new profile so that the Attribute Sharing
Profile could remain mostly in tact (since, as Ari has pointed out, it
had early and entrenched buy-in).

> They are described as
> alternatives to each other, but I couldn't find an executive summary
> description of how the protocol used by an Extended Mode X.509 Attribute
> Query Requestor differs from a Basic Mode X.509 Attribute Query
> Requestor, and I haven't done a detailed crosswalk of the MUSTs in the
> two specs.

I don't believe there is such an executive summary.  The two profiles
address exactly the same use case (although the X.509 Deployment
Profiles address an additional use case).  The main difference is that
the Attribute Sharing Profile mandates a set of security constraints
that is significantly more stringent than the X.509 Deployment

By the way, the latter form the basis of an Attribute Exchange Profile
specified by the OGF AuthZ-WG.

Hope this helps,

Tom Scavo

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