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Re: Certificate proposal

Jeff Weinstein wrote:

|   I think the old idea of a certificate just binding a name and
| a key is turning out to not be very useful.  That is why Netscape
| Navigator 2.0 will support x509 version 3 certificates.  They allow
| arbitrary attributes to be signed into a certificate.  In this new
| world, you can think of a certificate as a way of binding a key with
| various arbitrary attributes, one of which may be(but is not
| required to be) a name.

	I'm a bit behind on the X.509 discussion, but does version 3
resist the attack Ross Anderson mentions in his 'Robustness Principles'
paper in Crypto '95?

	(The paper can be found in
ftp.cl.cam.ac.uk:/users/rja14/robustness.ps.Z  The wcf.ps.Z is his
'Why Cryptosystems Fail' paper, and both are well worth reading.)


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