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RE: [EFM] OAM developing Geoff's observation.


Thank you for your exhortations for the study group to focus on problems 
within the scope of 802.3.

Bruce Tolley
Cisco Systems

At 07:12 AM 9/18/01 -0700, Geoff Thompson wrote:
>At 03:51 PM 9/17/01 -0400, Matt Squire wrote:
>>This seems like a new and unrealistic requirement.  Simple password
>>authentication has served users well for a long time.  Although I
>>understand the benefits of managed certificates, I've also had a taste
>>of their complexity and the interoperability problems that lay in wait.
>>Managed certificates for authentication cannot be a requirement for EFM
>Passwords and protocols are outside the scope of the EFM project (P802.3ah)
>We are defining PHYs for Ethernet, not designing the datastream to be 
>passed over them at anything beyond Physical Layer  encoding.
>>- Matt
>> >
>> > Malcolm,
>> >
>> > User authentication will likely require the use of digital
>> > certificates and
>> > key management. As such, this can be transported inside conventional
>> > Ethernet frames. There is no requirement for additional
>> > concurrent protocol
>> > such as PPP to accomplish this.
>> >
>> > Harry
>> >