On Wednesday,2009-09-16, at 14:44 , Ivan Krstić wrote:

Yes, and I'd be happy to opine on that as soon as someone told me what those important problems are.

The message that you quoted from Brian Warner, which ended with him wondering aloud what new applications could be enabled by such features, began with him mentioning a specific use case that he cares about and sees how to improve: authentication of Mozilla plugins. Brian has an admirable habit of documenting the use cases that motivate his engineering decisions. I think in this case he omitted some explanation of why he finds the current solution unsatisfactory, perhaps because he assumed the audience already shared his view. (I think he mentioned something in his letter like "the well-known failures of the SSL/CA approach to this problem".)


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