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HTTP Origin-Bound Authentication (HOBA) (RFC7486) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240913D
Original Publication Date: 2015-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2015-Mar-12
Document File: 56 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Farrell: AUTHOR [+3]


HTTP Origin-Bound Authentication (HOBA) is an authentication design that can be used as an HTTP authentication scheme [RFC7235] and for JavaScript-based authentication embedded in HTML. The main goal of HOBA is to offer an easy-to-implement authentication scheme that is not based on passwords but that can easily replace HTTP or HTML forms-based password authentication. Deployment of HOBA can reduce or eliminate password entries in databases, with potentially significant security benefits.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        S. Farrell Request for Comments: 7486                        Trinity College Dublin Category: Experimental                                        P. Hoffman ISSN: 2070-1721                                           VPN Consortium                                                                M. Thomas                                                                Phresheez                                                               March 2015

                 HTTP Origin-Bound Authentication (HOBA)


   HTTP Origin-Bound Authentication (HOBA) is a digital-signature-based    design for an HTTP authentication method.  The design can also be    used in JavaScript-based authentication embedded in HTML.  HOBA is an    alternative to HTTP authentication schemes that require passwords and    therefore avoids all problems related to passwords, such as leakage    of server-side password databases.

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 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

 Farrell, et al.               Experimental                      [Page 1]
 RFC 7486              HTTP Origin-Bound Auth (HOBA)           March 2015

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