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White Pages Meeting Report (RFC1588)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002422D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 27 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

J. Postel: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This report describes the results of a meeting held at the November IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) in Houston, TX, on November 2, 1993, to discuss the future of and approaches to a white pages directory services for the Internet.

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Network Working Group J. Postel

Request for Comments: 1588 C. Anderson

Category: Informational ISI

February 1994

WHITE PAGES MEETING REPORT

STATUS OF THIS MEMO

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

INTRODUCTION

This report describes the results of a meeting held at the November

IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) in Houston, TX, on November 2,

1993, to discuss the future of and approaches to a white pages

directory services for the Internet.

As proposed to the National Science Foundation (NSF), USC/Information

Sciences Institute (ISI) conducted the meeting to discuss the

viability of the X.500 directory as a practical approach to providing

white pages service for the Internet in the near future and to

identify and discuss any alternatives.

An electronic mail mailing list was organized and discussions were

held via email for two weeks prior to the meeting.

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report is organized around four questions:

1) What functions should a white pages directory perform?

There are two functions the white pages service must provide:

searching and retrieving.

Searching is the ability to find people given some fuzzy

information about them. Such as "Find the Postel in southern

California". Searches may often return a list of matches.

While the idea of indexing has been around for some time, such as

the IN-ADDR tree in the Domain Name System (DNS), a new

acknowledgment of its importance has emerged from these

discussions. Users want fast searching across the distributed

database on attributes different from the database structure.

Pre-computed indices satisfy this desire, though only for

specified searches.

Retrieval is obtaining additional information associated with a

person, such as an address, telephone number, email mailbox, or

security certificate.

Security certificates (a type of information associated with an

individual) are essential for the use of end-to-end

authentication, integrity, and privacy in Internet applications.

The development of secure applications in the Internet is

dependent on a directory system for retrieving the security

certificate associated with an individual. For example, the

privacy enhanced electronic mail (PEM) system has been developed

and is ready to go into service, and is now hindered by the lack

of an easily used directory of security certificates. An open

question is whether or not such a directory needs to be internally

secure.

2) What approaches will provide us with a white pages directory?

It is evident that there...