[Standards-JIG] Blocking communication question

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Mon Feb 6 20:41:13 UTC 2006


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Gaston Dombiak wrote:
> When a privacy item does not have a specified type attribute, which is the 
> default value that the server should assume? The spec says: "If no 'type' 
> attribute is included, the rule provides the "fall-through" case." but I'm 
> not sure I understand the default value the server should use.
> 
> Does this mean that a privacy item with no type is the way to indicate that 
> that item is the "fall-through" case?

The idea is that the "fall-through" case would be <item action='allow'/>
or <item action='deny'/> -- that is, if no other item applies, do you
allow the communication or deny the communication? So you MUST NOT
include more than one item with no 'type' attribute. You can define a
whole bunch of privacy rules, and all of those MUST be applied first,
and if none of those apply, then you apply the "fall-through" rule,
which is one of the following:

<item action='allow'/>

OR

<item action='deny'/>

Also there is no 'value' attribute for the "fall-through" rule.

I'll work to clarify that in rfc392bis.

Peter

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Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation
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