Previous versions are available as draft-oiwa-http-mutualauth
- To implement it, you may need a crypto suite separately: one example is available as
- Strong authentication using password or any possibly-weak shared secrets
- Secrets will never be leaked to eavesdroppers and protocol recipients, even if they exploit exhaustive searches on possible passwords
- For cryptographers: using PAKE (or ZKPP) for it
- Strong mutual authentication: Web users can distinguish their registered Websites from fake servers, protection against web frauds
- Strictly based on HTTP 2617 or httpbis-p7, allowing easy system integration
- Additional support for Web applications using a companion proposal
- Support for guest users, log-out control, page navigation on authentication events, and more
- See that proposal for more details
- Strict channel binding to HTTPS, also forwarding detection on plain HTTP
- Fixed several loopholes of Digest
- Strong-enough hashes, no fixed cryptographic primitives, strict replay attack protection within fixed amount of memory (per each session key)
Reference implementations are available on project homepage
- Web browser (modified Mozilla Firefox)
- Web server module (Apache module)
We also have 2nd implementations on each side: a standalone client, and purely Ruby-based server implementation (to be published).
Please refer draft Section 1 for comparisons (or non-conflicting relations) to existing technologies.
- Replacing Basic and Digest is quite easy: it's just a drop-in replacement sharing httpbis-p7 framework. For Digest, even password DB can be migrated.
- Replacing Web Forms: the pair of this proposal and the companion can be considered as pre-implemented API framework: refer section 5 of the companion draft for possible deployment tactics.
- If you really want, on several application server frameworks (i.e. except Apache), you can implement the whole protocol on the web application layer (contrary to web-server layer).
The content of this page was last updated on 2012-06-25. It was migrated from the old Trac wiki on 2022-12-13.