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From "Arturo 'Buanzo' Busleiman" <>
Subject Re: Proposed: PKI Authentication for secure web access
Date Sat, 20 Nov 2010 10:53:53 GMT
Been there, done that: (enigform and mod_openpgp)

Not x509, though.

On 11/20/10, Rob Lemaster <> wrote:
> I would like to propose an enhancement to the Apache web server for
> secure authentication.
> If this is the wrong list, pls. reply with the correct list and I will
> post it there.
> SSH allows a user to create a public/private key pair and use that for
> authentication. This is much more secure than simply using passwords
> and adds the ability to add 'something you have' for multi-factor
> authentication. I propose that the same functionality would be enabled
> for web authentication.
> This functionality would require support on the server and in the
> client browser. The server would need to have the ability to store and
> recognize a public keys for authentication. The client browser would
> need to have the ability to create public/private keys and store them
> securely. It would also need to have the ability to copy the keys to
> other computers (home/work) or store them on a USB thumb drive for
> remote access.
> This functionality would be used primarily for web sites that require
> secure authentication, such as banks, Ebay, and Paypal.
> Do you think this is a good idea?

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