Derik asks the pertinant question: > The question is: how do we convince M$ and Netscape to include something > else in their software? If it's not supported in IE, then it wont be > available to the vast majority of users out there.
My view, again, IMHO: ignore Microsoft. Concentrate on the open source solutions: KDE, Mozilla, Apache. These groups will always lead in security, because they are not twisted by institutional conflicts; they can examine historical security model from the point of view of interested professionals, rather than commercial actors trying to preserve this or that revenue stream. The trick is to understand whether HTTPS as it currently is can be improved. If it can, then those above guys can do it. Once the improvements are shown to work, Microsoft will follow along. They are a follower company, not an innovator, and they need to see it work in practice before doing anything. As Derik suggests, the vast majority of users will have to wait. Along those lines, there's one piece of excellent news: Eric Rescorla wrote: > One can simply cache the certificate, exactly as > one does with SSH. In fact, Mozilla at least does exactly > this if you tell it to. That's fantastic! I never knew that. How does one set that option on Mozilla? (I'm using 5.0 / 1.3.1.) -- iang