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Subject: Re: [wsrm] Comments on WS-Reliability CD 0.992

I agree with Pete about explicitly forbidding an intermediary from tampering with WS Reliability headers.  In particular we need to prevent " man in the middle"  attacks.

No problem with passive monitoring of WS Reliability messages for accounting purposes


----- Original Message -----
From: Pete Wenzel <PETE@SEEBEYOND.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 13:07:07 -0700
To: wsrm@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [wsrm] Comments on WS-Reliability CD 0.992

> Here is my laundry list of things to fix in CD-0.992; most are
> editorial in nature.
> Line 98: Says "This specification addresses end-to-end reliability,
> and is not concerned with intermediaries." However, there is nothing to
> prevent someone targeting Reliability headers to "next" role/actor.
> This case should be explicitly forbidden, rather than left undefined.
> Lines 129, 1620: Reuse of "wsrm" prefix for different namespaces
> is confusing. Choose a different one for the feature namespace in
> the appendix.
> Line 134: Change
> "This specification defines reliable messaging protocol embedded in
> the SOAP Header."
> to
&g t; "This specification defines reliable messaging protocol features,
> expressed as extension header blocks embedded in the SOAP Header."
> 140 Use official name of the standard. Its title must be "WS-Security
> 2004", not just "WS-Security", to avoid confusion with prior incarnations.
> Remove the last sentence of this paragraph, which is already obsolete.
> Also Line 1581, reference should be:
> [WSS] "OASIS Web Services Security: SOAP Message Security 1.0 (WS-Security 2004)".
> Available at
> http://docs.oasis-open.org/wss/2004/01/oasis-200401-wss-soap-message-security-1.0.pdf
> Section 1.5: Examples are placed in an awkward location. Should appear
> after the protocol & features are described. Suggest moving them to a
> non-normative appendix.
> Line 279: Change
> "A module capable of processing and enforcing Reliable Messaging as
> de scribed in this specification."
> to
> "A SOAP Processor capable of processing Reliable Messaging SOAP
> header blocks."
> Line 281, 317 (and throughout document): Prefer the more grammatical forms
> "Sending RMP"/"Receiving RMP" rather than "Sender RMP" and "Receiver RMP".
> Also replace instances where just "sender"/"receiver" are used, to be
> more specific that we are referring to a sending or receiving RMP.
> 569: Sequence Number is not a Feature; it is simply a mechanism used to
> implement Guaranteed Message Ordering. Should not be given equal status
> to the other 3 features.
> 1025-1030: Example in which SOAP Fault may also convey an RM
> Acknowledgment requires a confusing or impossible processing order.
> (Process RM headers, remember that an Ack needs to be sent, continue
> with header processing and SOAP Body validation and finally "applic ation
> processing space outside the realm of the receiving RMP".) How does
> the RMP know when all processing has been completed, then intercept a
> possible SOAP Fault in order to attach its Ack?
> 1990: Remove appendix if there is nothing to say here; the sole item
> listed is already done (Appendix A).
> The specification contains no reference to the schemas. They should
> be listed in the normative appendix, and introduced at an appropriate
> location in the text, perhaps at the beginning of Section 4.
> 269: Remove line break in the middle of "response".
> 501: "the Sender RMP notifies a delivery failure"
> should be
> "the Sending RMP is notified of a delivery failure".
> 522: "an" should be "a".
> 526: "nor to notify failure on the sender side" should be "nor to notify
> the RMP Sender of the failure".
> 527: "it's" shoul d be "its".
> Schemas: "it's" (in comment blocks) should be "its".
> 1036: Grammar.
> (The above list is not comprehensive; we could use a thorough proofreading
> pass to catch errors in grammar and punctuation.)
> --Pete
> Pete Wenzel
> Senior Architect, SeeBeyond
> Standards & Product Strategy
> +1-626-471-6311 (US-Pacific)
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