[tor-dev] [GSoC] CONIKS implementation for Tor Messenger

Marcela Melara melara at CS.Princeton.EDU
Mon Mar 14 00:17:04 UTC 2016

Hi Huy,

You’re very welcome, we look forward to your application!


> On Mar 13, 2016, at 3:40 AM, Huy Vu Quoc <huyvq.c633 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Marcela, 
> Thanks for your quickly reply. 
>> It's reasonable to assume that the client may one day talk to other CONIKS servers and  
>> clients. So clearly specifying the data format that the Tor Messenger client (and also 
>> the server) uses is an important part of the project. Ultimately, the data format specification  
>> should follow the data formats given in the paper. So you should provide a clear specification  
>> for Tor Messenger but you shouldn't worry too much about making it compatible with other  
>> services. The main reason being that we don’t know of other communication services that  
>> have already implemented and deployed CONIKS. 
>> I'm not currently working on a standard specification. That's something that I think  
>> communication/identity providers should come together to do once there are a few tested  
>> deployments of CONIKS. This is what I've heard from other communication service providers  
>> I've talked to, and I think it makes sense. 
>> To get a rough sense of what a data format might look like, you may look at the CONIKS reference  
>> implementation (github.com/coniks-sys/ref-implementation). It uses Protobufs  
>> to specify the data exchange format, so you could use a similar format. 
> Thanks for your suggestion. I will have a look at this carefully.   
>> As part of your application, we’d like for you to provide us with your planned timeline  
>> according to the functionality we’d like to have. Here’s the functionality that would  
>> be great to have by the end of the summer: key registrations, lookups and monitoring.  
>> The nice thing about splitting up the functionality like this is that it allows for the  
>> key server and the client to be built incrementally. So given how you want to tackle these  
>> tasks, you should set up your plan accordingly. 
> I get it. It would help me a lot when writing my proposal. 
> best, 
> Vu Quoc Huy 
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