[cap-talk] FW: What do CAs contribute...an ironic short term benefit
marcs at skyhunter.com
Thu Feb 10 10:19:25 EST 2005
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> From: marcs [mailto:marcs at skyhunter.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2005 9:20 PM
> To: 'Discussion of E and other capability languages'
> Subject: What do CAs contribute...an ironic short term benefit
> So, let's hypothesize that Verisign and Entrust overcome all
> the hurdles, and mankind settles upon them as the Great
> Answer To Secure Browsing. Forget the pet names. We will all
> have unique ids, assigned by the Powers Of Light And Truth.
> And They Looked Down and Saw It Was Good.
> Well...ok...and so I go to the Mark Miller site. Dang! This
> Mark Miller is a musician. Now, I've heard Mark Miller sing,
> and it is not a pretty sight. This cannot be the real Mark Miller.
> I know what I'll do -- I'll find the real Mark Miller (whose
> certificate is
> abilities) web site, and I'll...and I'll...ah, I know what
> I'll do, I'll assign a Pet Name! Yes, I'll assign a book
> mark, and call that site, and that Verisign certificate, the
> Mark Miller certificate in my own browser. A brilliant innovation!
> Uh...hmmm....now that I've assigned a pet name to that
> certificate, which is a unique identifier all on its
> own...remind me, what value is Verisign giving me? When I
> send the bookmark to other people, establishing a trust path
> to Marc's Mark Miller, what value is Verisign giving those
> people? If I decide to start a Friends of Animals site named
> PawPal, and Verisign won't give me the cert because it looks
> too much like PayPal, what benefit is Verisign giving me?
> Ah! A further great idea! Let's get rid of Verisign, we don't
> need them any more!
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