[Pwg-Announce] PWG Last call of HCD Assessment Attributes

[Pwg-Announce] PWG Last call of HCD Assessment Attributes

[Pwg-Announce] PWG Last call of HCD Assessment Attributes

Sukert, Alan Alan.Sukert at xerox.com
Tue Jan 8 18:17:21 UTC 2013

Joe -

I reviewed the HCDE-Assessment-Attributes spec and have the following official Xerox comments (since I'm coming in new many of these may have already been discussed with the IDS WG; feel free to reject any of these comments on that basis):

1.       General comment: Some of the text has different type font from the rest of the text (e.g., Lines 301 and 308), Make sure to check all the type fonts in the document for uniformity.

2.       The following RFCs are referenced in the body of the document but are not listed in either Sections 9 or 10: [XMLTYPES] (Section 2.3, pg. 9, Line 318), [RFC2579] (Section 2.3, pg. 9, Line 321), [RFC2578] (Section 2.3, pg. 9, Line 321), [RFC3411] (Section 2.3, pg. 9, Line 321) and [RFC5646] (Section 4.1, pg. 14, description of AttributesNaturalLanguage).

3.       The following acronyms are used in the body of the document but are not defined in Section 2.4: RFC (Section 9, pg. 17, Line 525), URL (Section 4.1, pg. 14, description of TimeSource), I2C (Section 4.1, pg. 14, description of TimeSource), MFD (Section 9, pg. 17, Line 525), XML (Section 9, pg. 17, Line 526), SM (Section 6, pg. 16, Line 517)

4.       The following acronyms listed in Section 2.4 are not used anywhere else in the document: TLS and URI.

5.       Section 3.2.2, page 11, Line 419: The sentence "To mitigate this breach, IT administrators decide corporate policy is that ALL devices must..." It is not clear why 'ALL' is capitalized here because ALL is not one of the conformance technology terms discussed in Section 2.1.

6.       Section 4.1, page 13, definition of FirmwareStringVersion attribute: The second sentence uses the term "String Versions". It is not clear what is meant by this term - did you mean Firmware String Versions here?

7.       Section 4.1, page 13, definition of FirewallSetting attribute: The Data Type is listed as being an OctetArray, but the description indicates that this is a variable length field. Given that the definition of an OctetArray is a "variable number of octets containing binary data" a variable length field could be something other than octets. Please clarify the data type description of the FirewallSetting attribute.

8.       Section, page 16, Line 495: 'HCDUserApplicationVersion' should be 'UserApplicationVersion'.

9.       Section, page 16, Line 507: Since the table has been removed indicate there are no attributes that MUST be supported if the condition described is present in the HCD.

10.   Section 5.2.3, page 16, Line 512: 'CertificationStat' should be 'CertificationState'. A side comment - the other lists in Section 5.2 are alphabetical; why isn't the list in Section 5.2.3 alphabetical?

11.   The following references listed in Section 10 are not referenced anywhere else in the document: [RFC3766] and [RFC4086].

Let me know if you have any questions on my comments.


Alan Sukert
Xerox Certified Green Belt
Product Security Specialist
Alan.Sukert at xerox.com|<mailto:Alan.Sukert at xerox.com%7C> tel 585.427.1413 or 8*707-1413
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Subject: [Pwg-Announce] PWG Last call of HCD Assessment Attributes


[This PWG Last Call starts today Monday November 26, 2012 and ends Friday January 18, 2013 at 10pm US PST.]

This is the formal announcement of the PWG Last Call for the HCD-Assessment-Attributes specification, located at:


A supporting binding document (HCD-NAP) has been prototyped and is in PWG last call. The IDS WG has completed extensive review of the various revisions of this document and an IDS WG last call.

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Joe Murdock
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