[Cscwg-public] Signing Service Discussion of 10 March 2022

Bruce Morton Bruce.Morton at entrust.com
Thu Mar 10 20:00:38 UTC 2022

Here is the text we were discussing in the CSCWG meeting today.

Thanks, Bruce.


Proposed Signing Service items:

  *   Signing Service is may be performed by the CA or a third party
  *   Signing Service is not a CA requirement, so is NOT a function of a Delegated Third Party - this will limit scope
  *   Signing Service references may be removed when not required - this will limit implied scope
  *   Signing Service is not a Subscriber, so all Private Keys are only associated to certificate Subscriber
  *   Signing Service is not an RA, so will not receive certificate requests from an Applicant - CA or Delegated Third Party RA will receive certificate requests
  *   Signing Request requirements will not be defined in the CSBRs

Private key generation

  *   Signing Service must provide evidence to the CA that the private key was created by the Signing Service.
  *   Question - Ballot CSC-13 allows the Signing Service to use cloud-based key generation. Can the CA can operate the cloud-based service?


  *   Specific compliance sections of CSBRs and NetSec should be stated in the CSBRs as the compliance/audit scope should not be determined by the CA, Signing Service and Auditor. Note, WebTrust for CA or ETSI EN 319 411-1 would not be in scope for Signing Service.
  *   For cloud-based key generation, is there a compliance requirement for the cloud-based service?

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