This document provides an introduction to the Mesh/Confirm application. For a more complete description and a detailed reference guide, consult the Internet Draft.
The Mesh/Catalog application is used to maintain collections of passwords, bookmarks and similar data and synchronize these across all the devices connected to a profile. The types of data currently supported are:
If an item is added to a profile on one device, it becomes available to every device connected to the profile.
The protocol is designed to allow intelligent handling of cases in which multiple devices attempt to make conflicting updates to the same data item at or close to the same time.
Mesh/Catalog applications are stored at a Mesh/Account service. While a Mesh/Account service provider may also be a portal provider, this is not necessary. Nor is Mesh/Account data synchronized between service providers through the CryptoMesh. The Mesh portal service is intended to support very small quantities of data that are relatively stable over long periods of time. A Mesh/Account service is designed to support larger quantities of data with frequent incremental updates.
As with all the Mesh applications supported by a Mesh Service, each user must have an account with the application service:
account create firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mesh/Catalog password and bookmarks manager were originally designed with the intention that they would be integrated into another application such as a Web browser. They may be accessed using the command line tool however and as this example shows, this can be very useful.
Having created her application service account, Alice can add a credential. In this case it is the username and password for an ftp service:
meshman password add ftp.example.com alice badpassword
Having added the password to her profile, Alice can retrieve it when needed.
meshman password get ftp.example.com
Using the password catalog in this fashion provides a reminder. But what Alice really wants to be able to do is to automate the process of using the ftp client to upload files without having to enter her password each time or (worse) include the password in the script:
ToDo Write the confirm script
Having automated access to the ftp site, Alice doesn't need her password to be either memorable or conveniently short. She decides to replace her bad password with a strong password that is randomly generated:
password add ftp.example.com alice RD2ZS-SHGQU-3GTAG-J76DT-S5DQU-TSRR7