1995-12-29 - Re: Proxy/Representation?

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From: “David E. Smith” <dsmith@midwest.net>
To: perry@piermont.com
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Message ID: <199512290017.SAA00619@cdale1.midwest.net>
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UTC Datetime: 1995-12-29 06:44:33 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 29 Dec 1995 14:44:33 +0800

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From: "David E. Smith" <dsmith@midwest.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 1995 14:44:33 +0800
To: perry@piermont.com
Subject: Re: Proxy/Representation?
Message-ID: <199512290017.SAA00619@cdale1.midwest.net>
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At 10:46 AM 12/28/95 -0500, perry@piermont.com wrote:

>"David E. Smith" writes:
>> The question is: how do the current software packages handle representatives
>> and proxies for a given is-a-person?  Using PGP as an example, I can't sign
>> a message with Helen's key.
>Nor should you be able to, actually.
And I can't :)

>The right way to do this in the digital world, IMHO, is to have a
>standard for "Power of Attorney" documents, and for the entity
>receiving something signed in your key that should be signed in
>another person's key to also see the digitally signed power of
>attorney document. Then the entity can check the signature on the
>power of attorney was in Helen's key, and that the signed key in that
>document was the key that signed the document signed by the "attorney".
That's more of what I was looking for.  I suppose that (I'm still using
PGP as my example) there could be a shared PGP key, signed by Helen and
myself, where only the two of us know the passphrase, with a keyid of
"David Smith <dsmith@midwest.net> on behalf of Helen Jones <helen@devnull.org>"
or something similar.  The obvious problem is that in sharing the pass
phrase the security is weakened.  (Paranoid threat model: at some point
we have to decide on the pass phrase, and we are videotaped/bugged/spied
upon while this takes place.)


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