There's a difference, however, between ticking a box and having individual
user-attributable credentials. The two techniques are focused on different
goals, generically binding users to an AUP, without caring who they are,
versus being able to identify individual users on the network (with more
detail than a MAC address).
The proposal here is the latter, which would seem to raise the question of
why individual user attribution is necessary, i.e., why anonymity in the
IETF network unacceptable -- even within the pool of IETF participants.
I agree with Richard's view here, and I suggest the following
modifications to the proposed admission control:
1) Use only paper-provided slips to provide authentication credentials.
There is no stated reason for associating specific registration data
with the network authentication method and it is trivial to provide
the slips of paper to anyone with a proper badge. Let the individual
getting a slip shuffle the pile, get multiple slips every day, or do
whatever else they would like to increase randomness. But start from
the presumption that the admission control is to limit access to
"registered attendees only" not to provide an association to
2) Favor anonymous MAC registration over portal methods. Set up a
terminal or group of terminals which allow individuals to register
their MAC addresses for access. Allow anyone with a badge access to
those terminals, and do not collect information on which individual
entered which MAC address. (The portal mechanism relies on a specific
ordering of application protocol activity at best; at worst it
provides a full-on monkey-in-the-middle. That should be a last
3) For the portal, there is no reason to have the MAC-based
permissions created to be time limited. If proper credentials from a
slip of paper are entered, there is no reason not to treat this as
equivalent to registration of the MAC address for the duration of the
My personal preference is that this requirement from the host be
politely declined as contrary to the usual operation of the IETF
network. But if it is not going to be declined, then the admission
control should not further the ability to associate specific
credentials to individuals.
A few points in response:
1) Anonymous slips are available to anyone with an IETF meeting badge
that wants them, as often as they want them, from two sources: the IETF
registration desk and the network help desk.
2) The MAC address registration is available at the network help desk.
3) I have not discussed the portal time limit with the NOC Team, but
I'll recommend that the registration work for the whole week.
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