[cap-talk] What's an authenticated authentication?
ludo at gnu.org
Fri Jul 24 08:47:20 EDT 2009
Matej Kosik <kosik at fiit.stuba.sk> writes:
> Ludovic Courtès wrote:
>> Looking at the definitions of `authenticate' and `authentication' makes
>> me wonder about the meaning of this API in English (from WordNet):
>> 1. (1) authenticate -- (establish the authenticity of something)
> This makes sense.
The definitions are from WordNet (these are English definitions, not
taking into account CS usage, should it be different), so they surely
make sense. ;-)
>> So this method literally "establishes the authenticity of a mark that
>> validates the authenticity of something"?
> This sentence makes no sense to me.
I was playing devil's advocate by translating literally the method
signature using the above definitions.
> Already the first sentence:
> "Broadly speaking, authentication is any procedure or test that
> determines whether an object is trustworthy or genuine."
> is disputable. I would delete the word "trustworthy". Authentication
> does not estabilish trustworthiness. That is a delusion.
Agreed. I think Section 2.3 makes a lot of sense, though.
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