HTTP Origin-Bound Authentication (HOBA)

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (candidate for httpauth WG)
Authors Stephen Farrell  , Paul Hoffman  , Michael Thomas 
Last updated 2013-05-14 (latest revision 2012-10-05)
Replaced by RFC 7486
Stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
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IESG IESG state Replaced by draft-ietf-httpauth-hoba
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HTTP Origin-Bound Authentication (HOBA) is a design for an HTTP authentication method with credentials that are not vulnerable to phishing attacks, and that does not require a server-side password database. The design can also be used in Javascript-based authentication embedded in HTML. HOBA is an alternative to HTTP authentication schemes that require passwords with all the negative attributes that come with password-based systems. HOBA can be integrated with account management and other applications running over HTTP and supports portability, so a user can associate more than one device or origin-bound key with the same service. We also describe a way in which the HOBA design can be used from a Javascript web client. When deployed, HOBA will be a drop-in replacement for password-based HTTP authentication or JavaScript authentication.


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