Mathematical Mesh: Platform Configuration
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Network Working Group                                 P. M. Hallam-Baker
Internet-Draft                                              27 July 2020
Intended status: Informational                                          
Expires: 28 January 2021

               Mathematical Mesh: Platform Configuration
                   draft-hallambaker-mesh-platform-06

Abstract

   The Mathematical Mesh 'The Mesh' is an end-to-end secure
   infrastructure that facilitates the exchange of configuration and
   credential data between multiple user devices.  This document
   describes how Mesh profiles are stored for application access on
   Windows, Linux and OSX platforms.

   This document is also available online at
   http://prismproof.org/Documents/draft-hallambaker-mesh-platform.html.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     2.1.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.2.  Defined Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.3.  Related Specifications  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.4.  Implementation Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Mesh Content  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.1.  Directory Layout  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
       3.1.1.  CatalogHost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
       3.1.2.  CatalogDevice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
       3.1.3.  CatalogApplication  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
       3.1.4.  CatalogContact  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
       3.1.5.  CatalogRecrypt  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     3.2.  Container Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  Platform Specific Bindings  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.1.  Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.2.  OSX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.3.  Linux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   5.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   6.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   7.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   8.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5

1.  Introduction

   This document describes recommended platform specific configuration
   for Mathematical Mesh applications.  The use of common conventions
   for storage of profiles and private keys allows mesh enabled
   applications to interoperate on the same machine.

   Protecting private key material from disclosure to other processes
   presents complex and difficult technical challenges.  Ensuring that a
   key is properly erased from storage before memory is released relies
   on a complex series of assumptions about memory management at the
   compiler, operating system and the platform level.

   For maximum security, the use of private key storage facilities
   provided by the platform is preferred.

2.  Definitions

   This section presents the related specifications and standard, the
   terms that are used as terms of art within the documents and the
   terms used as requirements language.

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2.1.  Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].
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