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Handle System Overview (RFC3650)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020292D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Nov-11
Document File: 22 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Sun: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This document provides an overview of the Handle System in terms of its namespace and service architecture, as well as its relationship to other Internet services such as DNS, LDAP/X.500, and URNs. The Handle System is a general-purpose global name service that allows secured name resolution and administration over networks such as the Internet. The Handle System manages handles, which are unique names for digital objects and other Internet resources.

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Network Working Group S. Sun

Request for Comments: 3650 L. Lannom

Category: Informational B. Boesch

CNRI

November 2003

Handle System Overview

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

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

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2003). All Rights Reserved.

IESG Note

Several groups within the IETF and IRTF have discussed the Handle

System and its relationship to existing systems of identifiers. The

IESG wishes to point out that these discussions have not resulted in

IETF consensus on the described Handle System, nor on how it might

fit into the IETF architecture for identifiers. Though there has

been discussion of handles as a form of URI, specifically as a URN,

these documents describe an alternate view of how namespaces and

identifiers might work on the Internet and include characterizations

of existing systems which may not match the IETF consensus view.

Abstract

This document provides an overview of the Handle System in terms of

its namespace and service architecture, as well as its relationship

to other Internet services such as DNS, LDAP/X.500, and URNs. The

Handle System is a general-purpose global name service that allows

secured name resolution and administration over networks such as the

Internet. The Handle System manages handles, which are unique names

for digital objects and other Internet resources.

Sun, et al. Informational [Page 1]

RFC 3650 Handle System Overview November 2003

Table of Contents

1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

2. Motivations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

3. Handle Namespace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

4. Handle System Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

5. Handle System Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

6. The Handle System and other Internet Services. . . . . . . . . 12

6.1. Domain Name Service (DNS). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

6.2. Directory Services (X.500/LDAP). . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

6.3. Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)/Uniform Resource Name

(URN). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

7. Security Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

7.1. General Security Practice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

7.2. Privacy Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

7.3. Caching and Proxy Servers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

7.4. Mirroring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

7.5. Denial of Service (DoS). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

8. History of the Handle System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

9. Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

10. References and Bibliography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

11. Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

12. Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

1. Introduction

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