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Re: The case against mega-certificates
Just to try to bring out what I believe is the most important
part of SDSI - all users are logical peers and have equal rights to
define security policies. No more of the old VMS problem of having to
have OPER (system privilege) to create a rights identifier.
Whether you bind everything together into a single entity or
not should not depend on whether you are using CD-ROM or the net. One
can always use a file: or relative url to access a disk resource.
This might well be an opportunity to employ a naming scheme like
WEB://ai.mit.edu/document or PDIs. Provide data on the disk, an provide some
sort of index to permit users to use the disk as a frozen cache for object which
may have been updated on the network.