[foaf-protocols] Safari enhancement 7002190: enable the user to see open client side ssh connections and close connections

Story Henry henry.story at bblfish.net
Wed Jun 24 14:18:18 CEST 2009

As I am at it, I submitted an enhancement request to Apple to improove  
displaying of client side certificates. I posted it using the form: http://developer.apple.com/bugreporter/

This is a less urgent request, than the other bug reports. Best would  
be to submit a similar report to the Firefox team, and other browser  
manufacturers. But it would very much help in the user interface.


Client side X509 certificates can be used as identity cards when  
connecting to a web site [1]. It should be possible from the client  
side to close the connection, and then reconnect to the same web site  
using a different persona (certificate).

  A browser should therefore allow the user to see which persona  
(certificate) he is using when connected to an SSL end point. This  
information could appear in the URL bar for example, or probably close  
to wherever the SSL server connection information is displayed - in  
Firefox 3.5 it is in the URL bar. Clicking on that button could offer  
the user to disconnect from that server. New connections would then  
allow the user to choose among his SSL certificates again. The  
advantage of this is that the SSL connection to a web site could be  
left open until the user decides to change persona, if he/she ever  
does. It would also demystify some interactions.

[1] this is especially obvious when using foaf+ssl http://esw.w3.org/topic/foaf+ssl 
  and can be seen in the iPhone demo http://blogs.sun.com/bblfish/entry/one_click_global_sign_on 
  (but see bug report 69939180

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