Re: A modest proposal for access authentication

Erik Ostrom (
Fri, 17 Sep 1993 08:46:36 (CDT)

> > 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
and both you and I could get at it without my having to know your
password or vice versa.