The idea is that security vulnerabilities on the internet occur most
significantly as a result of client-side scripting from documents transmitted
across HTTP. By most significant I mean as measured by quantity and not
severity. In addition to frequent immediate vulernabilities client-side
scripting can also operate as an execution point for other additional
vulernabilities not directly associated with client-side scripting. It is my
opinion that the only way to solve this security problem is to either break
HTTP or eliminate client-side scripting. I find there is no reason to break
HTTP since it is working perfectly well and is not to blame for this problem.
Client-side scripting cannot be removed unless an alternative convention is
It is absolutely imparitive that a solution exist as the quantity of these
security problems are continually increasing and there is no possible solution
available from HTTP. If a solution is not proposed the security flaws of the
system will become so significant that the commerical value of financial
transactions and PII leaks will eventually result in abandoning the internet as
an open platform in favor of more secure proprietary technologies.
As an alerternative method of allowing interactivity from client-side scripting
I wrote this document to migrate the concept of client-side scripting to the
email architecture. The idea is that interactivity from client-side scripting
can be replaced by transaction interactivity. Since mail servers are
intermediate agents in the transmission, opposed to an end point like an HTTP
server, they can make processing or scripting decisions upon data without that
scripting having to exist on a client system. In other words, it is basically
an inverted form of AJAX that does not execute on the client-side. The idea is
easily possible using SMTP, but is not possible over HTTP since HTTP does not
have intermediate agents between the client and server.
----- Original Message -----
From: "J.D. Falk" <jdfalk-lists(_at_)cybernothing(_dot_)org>
Date: Friday, July 31, 2009 1:44
Subject: Re: Requesting comments on draft-cheney-safe-02.txt
To: "Cheney, Edward A SSG RES USAR USARC"
Cheney, Edward A SSG RES USAR USARC wrote:
I am requesting comments on the following this internet draft. Any
questions, confusion, feedback, or changes would be helpful.
Interesting idea. What's the use case you have in mind? In other
who will use it, and why?
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