HTTPbis Working GroupJ. Reschke
Intended status: InformationalSeptember 25, 2013
Expires: March 29, 2014

Initial Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Authentication Scheme Registrations



This document registers Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) authentication schemes which have been defined in standards-track RFCs before the IANA HTTP Authentication Scheme Registry was established.

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Editorial Note (To be removed by RFC Editor)

Discussion of this draft takes place on the HTTPBIS working group mailing list (, which is archived at <>.

The current issues list is at <> and related documents (including fancy diffs) can be found at <>.

The changes in this draft are summarized in Appendix B.8.

1. Introduction

This document registers Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) authentication schemes which have been defined in standards-track RFCs before the IANA HTTP Authentication Scheme Registry was established.

2. Security Considerations

There are no security considerations related to the registration itself.

3. IANA Considerations

Appendix A provides initial registrations of HTTP authentication schemes for the IANA HTTP Authentication Scheme registry at <> (see Section 5.1 of [draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth]).

4. Normative References

Fielding, R., Ed. and J. Reschke, Ed., “Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Authentication”, Internet-Draft draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth-24 (work in progress), September 2013.
Franks, J., Hallam-Baker, P., Hostetler, J., Lawrence, S., Leach, P., Luotonen, A., and L. Stewart, “HTTP Authentication: Basic and Digest Access Authentication”, RFC 2617, June 1999.
Jaganathan, K., Zhu, L., and J. Brezak, “SPNEGO-based Kerberos and NTLM HTTP Authentication in Microsoft Windows”, RFC 4559, June 2006.
Hammer-Lahav, E., “The OAuth 1.0 Protocol”, RFC 5849, April 2010.
Jones, M. and D. Hardt, “The OAuth 2.0 Authorization Framework: Bearer Token Usage”, RFC 6750, October 2012.

A. Initial Registry Contents

Authentication Scheme NameReferenceNotes
Basic[RFC2617], Section 2
Digest[RFC2617], Section 3
Negotiate[RFC4559], Section 3This authentication scheme violates both HTTP semantics (being connection-oriented) and syntax (use of syntax incompatible with the WWW-Authenticate and Authorization header field syntax).
OAuth[RFC5849], Section 3.5.1

B. Change Log (to be removed by RFC Editor before publication)

B.1. Since draft-ietf-httpbis-authscheme-registrations-00

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth reference.

B.2. Since draft-ietf-httpbis-authscheme-registrations-01

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth reference.

Closed issues:

B.3. Since draft-ietf-httpbis-authscheme-registrations-02

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth reference.

B.4. Since draft-ietf-httpbis-authscheme-registrations-03

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth reference.

B.5. Since draft-ietf-httpbis-authscheme-registrations-04

Closed issues:

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth reference. Added OAuth 2.0 Bearer scheme.

B.6. Since draft-ietf-httpbis-authscheme-registrations-05

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth reference.

B.7. Since draft-ietf-httpbis-authscheme-registrations-06

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth reference.

B.8. Since draft-ietf-httpbis-authscheme-registrations-07

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth reference.

Author's Address

Julian F. Reschke
greenbytes GmbH
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