Re: A modest proposal for access authentication

Martin Hamilton <>
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 1993 14:58:56 +0100 (BST)
From: Martin Hamilton <>
Subject: Re: A modest proposal for access authentication
To: Erik Ostrom <>
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Erik said:

> > > a) add a new kind of URL:    FTPU://host/path
> > >    this URL is like FTP: except that it assumes that the user will
> > > supply a user name and password, i.e., not anonymous access
> > 
> > how about <> ?
> Except that if you give me this URL, I get logged in as martin
> (assuming I know your password).  The FTPU scheme says "log in as
> yourself".  So you could have data readable by both martin and
> eostrom, and point to it with the URL
>     <FTPU://>
> and both you and I could get at it without my having to know your
> password or vice versa.

Sure, point taken.  I was really thinking about the case where
you want to share ftp "accounts" - e.g. a guest ftp group in the
wuarchive ftpd.  Sorry my brain's very frazzled today :-)