[ih] what is and isn't the web, was Rise and Fall of the Gopher Protocol

John Day jeanjour at comcast.net
Sun Aug 21 18:27:23 PDT 2016

That was much later. FTP and both RJE protocols required login.

Back when mail was part of FTP there was a lot of discussion about anonymous login and it’s abuse.  By the time, mail got its own protocol concerns about security had pretty much disappeared.


> On Aug 21, 2016, at 19:47, Ofer Inbar <cos at aaaaa.org> wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 01:28:30PM -0400,
> John Day <jeanjour at comcast.net> wrote:
>> Depending on how you look at it, neither did the web. Thinking of
>> the lack of security in http, either assumes the same management or
>> no management.  If it was expected to work with multiple management
>> domains one would expect at least authentication and access control.
> SMTP and NNTP came with no auth or access control or any sort of
> security that I recall in the early days, and weren't they both
> designed consciously and deliberately for a distributed network
> with independent management of each node?
>  -- Cos

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