Mon, 08 Nov 1999 22:55:42 +0000
Bill Frantz wrote:
> At 06:29 PM 11/6/1999 +0000, Ben Laurie wrote:
> >"Mark S. Miller" wrote:
> >> At 04:34 AM 11/6/99 , Ben Laurie wrote:
> >> >Following on from these comments, something I've been wondering for a
> >> >while is why not just use TLS?
> >> I believe the short answer is "wrong handshake". The longer answer is
> >> http://www.erights.org/to-be-sorted/SSLvsEComm.html
> >I don't understand why "we will need to add certificate checking that
> >ensures that the distinguished name is indeed the hash of the public
> >key" is necessary at all. Who cares what the DN is if you have the key
> >in your hand?
> In the E protocol, you start with the hash of the public key of the vat you
> want to connect to. The handshake passes the public key, and the receipent
> checks the hash to ensure that it is talking to the right vat.
> What I couldn't see at the time was how to perform this validation,
> particularly with a commercial SSL. (See below)
OK, but it is, in fact, trivial, since the whole purpose of a cert is to
convey the public key. I presume you now do see that?
> >"Client Server vs. Peer to Peer" - it seems to me this is meaningless.
> >Each peer acts as a client when it initiates a connection and a server
> >what it receives one. SSL is used in the obvious way in each case.
> In the EC Habitats beta, which used the immediate predesesor to the E
> datacomm protocol, we had major problems with both sides trying to connect
> at the same time. To ensure the correct ordering of messages, we need to
> end up with only one connection. While I am far from an SSL expert, I
> don't know anything in SSL that deals with this situation. There is a fair
> amount of hair in the E connection setup protocol to handle just this
There's nothing in SSL to deal with this situation, since its out of
scope. I don't see why higher layers couldn't deal with it, though.
BTW, what about "highest hash is the server" as a simple way to ensure
the connections are one-way?
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