[IDS] PWG IDS attributes doc

[IDS] PWG IDS attributes doc

[IDS] PWG IDS attributes doc

Randy Turner rturner at amalfisystems.com
Wed Aug 5 04:12:52 UTC 2009

Hi All,

I was wondering if we could drop the "HCD_Default_Password_Enabled"  
attribute now that this is a "standard" attribute in the PA-TNC  
specification?  If we don't do this, I think the 2 attribute defs are  
"too close" semantically and would be confusing.

Also, did we adopt the HCD_Firmware_Version and _String_Version  
because we thought the two NEA attributes for this information were  
too limiting?

Also, I was wondering if we might need to adopt "PWG-specific"  PA  
subtypes (NEA lingo) to which attributes are associated?  At the  
moment, the NEA PA-TNC draft defines the following
component types:

Operating System
NEA Client

It might be a good idea to look at the latest thoughts regarding the  
"model" of MFP architecture and see if we might need additional  
"component" definitions.  At the moment, off the top of my head, an  
MFP would definitely have the following components in common with the  
PA-TNC model:

Operating System
NEA Client

However, there may be security-related (posture-related) components  
that relate specifically to MFPs:


There may be others, I don't have our model documents in front of me,  
but there may be "multiple" attributes of the same type within an MFP,  
but these attributes may be spread across multiple components within  
the MFP (these components may be add-on cards, boards, etc.)

This latest email traffic is related to my looking into updating the  
NEA mapping document.  When thinking through some of the scenarios and  
use-cases, including implementation, I'm uncovering these potential  
issues with our existing attributes spec.


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