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[Discuss] Why the dislike of X.509?

> On 8/26/2014 10:37 AM, markw at wrote:
>> *any* shared or distributed authority has the same issue.
> Shared is not distributed.

Which is why I used "or" between them.

> Shared means more than one entity has
> authority. Each entity is a point of compromise for the entire system.

Or at least the systems that share the authority.
> Distributed means no single entity has authority; a quorum or a
> unanimous consensus is required. Compromise of one entity does not
> compromise the entire system.

There is no such thing as a security system that has "one" entity, well,
perhaps a stone or a brick. There is *always* at least one mechanism that
protects and one mechanism that provides access.

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> Rich P.
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