[standards-jig] DTCP/JOBS/etc Madness -- Part Deux

Dave Smith dizzyd at jabber.org
Mon Dec 16 15:37:02 UTC 2002


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Greetings,

After some further discussion and thought this weekend, another 
alternative to the proposal I put forward last week would be that we 
use the SOCKS4/5 protocol as the "on the wire" protocol. We could 
certainly use HTTP over the wire for file transfer following the 
negotiation of a connection, but SOCKS5 is a standardized (IETF!) 
protocol which is especially designed for handling proxied (and 
suitable for direct) connections. It has the concept of authentication 
built-in and many applications out there support it. In this way, we 
could keep the idea alive that given a IP/port I can pass that off to 
an external process which will be able to connect and use it's own 
protocol for exchanging data with my peer/proxy.

I'm going to investigate this further and amend my proposal to use 
SOCKS5 as wire protocol.

Comments?

Diz

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