Louise-Amélie Schmitt wrote:
> Le 29/08/2011 15:52, Nate Coraor a écrit :
> >Louise-Amélie Schmitt wrote:
> >>Hello everyone,
> >>
> >>These questions are a bit silly but I'm really ignorant when it
> >>comes to security. Sorry about that.
> >>
> >>Why use API keys instead of  user names? Is it to to prevent anyone
> >>from figuring out who is behind an URL? Or did I miss the point?
> >Hi L-A,
> >
> >To provide a username password, we'd either need to implement HTTP
> >Authentication in Galaxy for these resources, or encode it in the URL.
> >If in the URL, the password have to be non-plaintext which would require
> >encoding on the user's end.  The key model seemed to be simplest since
> >it doesn't require you to handle HTTP Authentication in your client-side
> >code.
> >
> 
> Ok, I actually missed the point, thanks! :D
> 
> >>Also, why encrypt the dataset/library/folder ids when a simple
> >>display is enough to get them?
> >Anywhere that the IDs are visible are remnants of old code and should
> >eventually be removed.
> 
> Sorry I meant the encrypted ids. Why encrypt them? is it to prevent
> any direct use of the database?

There are a couple of reasons - the first is that since by default, data
is public, we wanted to make it non-trivial to just run sequentially
through IDs to view related data.

The other is that some people may prefer that it not be obvious how many
datasets/jobs/libraries/etc. there are on their server.

--nate

> 
> Thanks,
> L-A
> 
> >--nate
> >
> >>Thanks
> >>L-A
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