HTTP State Management Mechanism
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From: The IESG <email@example.com> To: IETF-Announce <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Internet Architecture Board <email@example.com>, RFC Editor <firstname.lastname@example.org>, httpstate mailing list <email@example.com>, httpstate chair <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Protocol Action: 'HTTP State Management Mechanism' to Proposed Standard (draft-ietf-httpstate-cookie-23.txt) The IESG has approved the following document: - 'HTTP State Management Mechanism' (draft-ietf-httpstate-cookie-23.txt) as a Proposed Standard This document is the product of the HTTP State Management Mechanism Working Group. The IESG contact persons are Peter Saint-Andre and Alexey Melnikov. A URL of this Internet Draft is: http://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-ietf-httpstate-cookie/
Technical Summary This document defines the HTTP Cookie and Set-Cookie header fields. These header fields can be used by HTTP servers to store state (called cookies) at HTTP user agents, letting the servers maintain a stateful session over the mostly stateless HTTP protocol. Although cookies have many historical infelicities that degrade their security and privacy, the Cookie and Set-Cookie header fields are widely used on the Internet. This document obsoletes RFC 2965. Working Group Summary There is strong consensus in the working group to publish this document. Among those currently active in the working group there is a wide consensus behind the document. No objections have been raised regarding this version of the document. Document Quality This document defines the HTTP Cookie and Set-Cookie HTTP header fields as they are presently utilized on the Internet. As a result, there are already many implementations of this specification. The author has coordinated with significant browser developers to help ensure that their implementations are consistent with the specification. The document has undergone extensive review, and the Document Shepherd and the Responsible Area Director have no concerns with this document. Personnel The Document Shepherd is Jeff Hodges. The Responsible Area Director is Peter Saint-Andre.