[linux-elitists] IM servers for Linux
Tue Jan 7 15:36:07 PST 2003
Quoting Mister Bad (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> What's the kludge, there? Jabber uses principled extensions based on
> XML Namespaces.
I have no problem with XML-wrapped syntax.
My point was that encryption/authentication were not designed in, and
therefore had to be tacked on. Further, there's vast amounts of
plaintext consequent information leakage on/around the servers, not to
mention zero provision for host authentication.
> It's a smart way to deal with a world of changing requirements.
If the requirement for end-to-end strong crypto wasn't anticipated
during Jabber design, I can only ask: What _were_ they thinking? It's
not like it was a 1975 project.
> Most other IM systems (Gale is an exception, there) have no encryption
> whatsoever. So, hey, y'know, it's a start.
> I think you're being a little harsh.
I didn't say the design was bad relative to most of the competition I
just said it should have been a lot better.
Cheers, "That article and its poster have been cancelled."
Rick Moen -- David B. O'Donnel, sysadmin for America Online
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