On Jul 28, 4:16 pm, Isaiah <supp...@yourhead.com> wrote:
> I publish an open source example of using a OAuth in a standalone mac  
> app -- so I'm bought in to the OAuth idea.  But it wasn't easy, I had  
> to fight to make it appear even somewhat integrated, and the lack of  
> security around my apps private keys really freaks me out.
> On the other hand I see a lot of posts like this where I tilt my head  
> and say, "what are you talking about?" Because I just don't get where  
> you're coming from.  It's like there's some hidden assumption someone  
> forgot to tell me.
> So, please don't take offense, I'd just like to play devil's advocate  
> and ask you to back up these reasons with some more info.  I'll try to  
> be specific about what seems odd, or at least odd to me:
> > I really loved OAuth because:
> > (1) Ease of coding. I could get OAuth working within a couple of days.
> You're saying that OAuth was easier to implement than basic auth?  How  
> so?  Basic auth just places the authorization info into the request --  
> oauth requires the entire token request, token exchange, token  
> inclusion dance.
> At best I could see someone arguing that it's roughly the same because  
> you can use a nice library either way, but saying OAuth is actually  
> easier seems a bit far fetched.
I was merely advocating about OAuth here. I didn't play around with
BasicAuth since OAuth was available when I started developing
twaller.com. I wanted to respond to comments which said, OAuth is hard
to code etc., by saying I didn't feel that way, mainly because I used
the library Twitter4J.

> > Saves me any password maintenance, encryption etc.
> But how do you maintain the user's auth tokens?  Since they're  
> basically as powerful as a password (so long as the user has not  
> turned them off) they need to be given the same care, right?
> In my implementation I save them just like passwords.  Are other  
> developers not doing this?  If not why not?

I think there is a difference. I find passwords messy because if
someone wants to misuse them, they can potentially misuse them for
other websites beyond twitter. Many people including myself have
similar usernames and exactly the same password in multiple websites.
So if I accidently leak a password, and someone uses that to login a
bank website and make a financial transaction, that will not look very

Oauth token's are limited to Twitter use. At the moment, i am not
encrypting it in my database.

> > (2) Integration with Twitter Branding. With the OAuth scheme, I
> > believe my website is more integrated with Twitter. It would also be
> > nicer if Twitter would maintain their own list of websites they trust
> > with Oauth, just to give users the added confidence that Twitter
> > trusts me.
> I'm sure if Twitter decided that tomorrow that OAuth was out, and that  
> PAuth or QAuth were the new black, then those would be "more  
> integrated."  My point being that this is not an advantage intrinsic  
> to OAuth, just an advantage of using the currently blessed standard.  
> I'll give you that one, if you also agree if that if tomorrow Twitter  
> decided Basic Auth was the way forward, Basic Auth would then be more  
> integrated than OAuth.

I meant the process of going to Twitter for a login makes me feel that
my application is integrated with them. As oppossed to merely saying,
please supply your Twitter name and password to my website.

> > (3) Saves me worrying about SSL. A lot of people are finicky about
> > HTTPS/SSL. This was I can just ytell them that if Twitter wants Oauth
> > that way in future, we will simple provide it.
> But doesn't that mean that people sniffing on the network where you  
> host your app could potentially grab the authentication tokens of your  
> users as they fly by?  Or even just your application tokens if they  
> were interested in spoofing you?
> I don't mean to be paranoid, but my rather tiny little site was  
> attacked and compromised once a week by evil folks in June -- 4  
> different attacks by four separate security holes (note to self, don't  
> run a wiki on the same host as my web store).

That is a very valuable suggestion. I was thinking of hosting multiple
things on the same host, I will avoid that now.

 >These jerks are  
> everywhere now, and they're the real deal.  They have a lot of cash  
> and a lot of patience to think of new ways to exploit your resources  
> to their own end.

> > The part I hate about OAuth is that the OAUth page is extremely slow
> > to load and sometimes does not load at all. I see this issue with the
> > Twitter website in general as well, sometime postst from the web just
> > don't go through. I would much appreciate if people at Twitter can
> > address scalability problems to OAUTH, because that I believe is the
> > biggest user turnoff.
> I've noticed this too.  From an outsider layperson's point of view is  
> seems as though we're pushing every authorization request through a  
> single doorway.  My hope is that it's more a lack of my understanding,  
> than anything else.  Right?  Right?!?!   ;-)

> Thanks for hearing my devil's advocate argument.  Don't feel compelled  
> to respond.  I don't *need* answers, just curious, that's all.
Well, I enjoyed your post.
> Isaiah

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