Draft of potential Internet-Draft: The "crypto" URL scheme (.txt, .html)

CryptoURLs add "crypto metadata" like content hashes and key fingerprints to normal URLs. The resulting URLs are self-authenticating, like SFS file names or Cryptographically Generated Addresses. These could be useful in:

  • web pages:
  • a page could link to software binaries and include their hash
  • a portal could provide secure introductions to a community of sites
  • XML documents (e.g. extending an XML-DSIG over external references)
  • protocols (e.g. HTTP Redirects or LDAP Referrals)
  • software configuration (you could configure a client with the address and fingerprint of a server in one step)
  • YURLs are another approach to self-authenticating URLs.

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