HTTP Authentication Extensions for Interactive Clients (RFC8053)
Original Publication Date: 2017-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2017-Jan-26
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
Y. Oiwa: AUTHOR [+6]
This document defines several extensions to the current HTTP authentication framework, to provide functionality comparable with current, widely used, form-based Web authentication. A majority of the recent websites on the Internet use custom application-layer authentication implementations using Web forms. The reasons for these may vary, but many people believe that the current HTTP Basic and Digest authentication methods do not have enough functionality (including good user interfaces) to support most realistic Web-based applications. However, such use of form-based Web authentication has several weaknesses against attacks like phishing, because all behavior of the authentication is controlled from the server-side application. This makes it really hard to implement any cryptographically strong authentication mechanisms into Web systems. To overcome this problem, we need to "modernize" the HTTP authentication framework so that better client-controlled secure methods can be used with Web applications. The extensions proposed in this document include:
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Y. Oiwa Request for Comments: 8053 H. Watanabe Category: Experimental H. Takagi ISSN: 2070-1721 ITRI, AIST K. Maeda T. Hayashi Lepidum Y. Ioku Individual Contributor January 2017
HTTP Authentication Extensions for Interactive Clients
This document specifies extensions for the HTTP authentication framework for interactive clients. Currently, fundamental features of HTTP-level authentication are insufficient for complex requirements of various Web-based applications. This forces these applications to implement their own authentication frameworks by means such as HTML forms, which becomes one of the hurdles against introducing secure authentication mechanisms handled jointly by servers and user agents. The extended framework fills gaps between Web application requirements and HTTP authentication provisions to solve the above problems, while maintaining compatibility with existing Web and non-Web uses of HTTP authentication.
Status of This Memo
This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is published for examination, experimental implementation, and evaluation.
This document defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet community. This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). It represents the consensus of the IETF community. It has received public review and has been approved for publication by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). Not all documents approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841.
Information about the current status of this document, any errata, and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8053.
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