Sitefinder and BCP 56

Over the weekend, I found a great article by Steve Loughran on the impact of Sitefinder on Web services tools. It’s very well written, and covers the entire space.

I was particularly impressed by the indepth analysis of the issues regarding BCP 56 (aka RFC 3205) “On the use of HTTP as a Substrate”, which Verisign used to defend its position. Steve saw right through that, which is easier said than done; there’s a lot of subtlety there, as the XML Protocol WG response to the IESG (which I co-authored) describes.

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