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From Benoit Chesneau <>
Subject Re: browserid support
Date Tue, 27 Dec 2011 08:45:23 GMT
On Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 6:09 AM, Randall Leeds <> wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 25, 2011 at 22:02, Jason Smith <> wrote:
>> On Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 9:51 AM, Michiel de Jong <> wrote:
>>> The other thing, CouchDB as a BrowserId RP, would simply be instead of
>>> clicking 'login' at the bottom right in futon, there would be a BrowserId
>>> sign in button there. This is nice because then people don't have to
>>> remember their CouchDB password all the time. Or for that matter, their
>>> password in whatever app uses CouchDB. This would have to be something in
>>> front of CouchDB, which check the BrowserId assertion, and opens a session
>>> - which may involve storing the plain text admin password and sending this
>>> to the client, or creating a session token and staying inbetween as a
>>> proxy, or creating a session token and adding this into the _users database
>>> as you send it in plain text to the client.
>> We are further along than that. CouchDB can confirm a valid BrowserID
>> identity (however it uses the web service). But the
>> experience for the Couch application developer is quite good (IMO).
>> --
>> Iris Couch
> As Jason points, out, CouchDB can already act as an RP with the
> BrowserID plugin mentoined. I still have a lot of interest in making
> CouchDB both a primary identity provider and a verifier, but I've lost
> track of the state of BrowserID. I'm including dev@ in the hopes that
> a discussion about implementation can grow there.
> -Randall
I exchanged some mails recently on the browserid ml, to know the
status of primary services , it sound like the spec isn't finished
yet. I will wait for that before doing anything myself.

Current implementation of browserid is worthless imo, since it need to
rely on a centralized service. It's good to show how it could work,
but I'm eagerly waiting for the final spec, so we could use any mail
server as an ID validation. Once it's done, there are some pretty
interesting libs in Erlang that will make the implementation easy.

- benoƮt

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