[cabfpub] Ballot 96 - Wildcard Certificates and New gTLDs

Jeremy Rowley jeremy.rowley at digicert.com
Tue Feb 5 21:39:16 UTC 2013

Hi everyone,  


This is the formal ballot on wildcards and gTLDs.  This ballot will require
the uniform use of wildcard characters in certificates and initiate an early
phase-out of gTLDs approved by ICANN.  Once passed, CAs will need to stop
issuing certificates with the new gTLDs and revoke them 120 days after ICANN
has signed an agreement with the gTLD operator.  If the ballot is approved,
the [www.icann.org] references in the ballot will be replaced with a link
provided by ICANN that all CAs can use to check for approved gTLDs.






Jeremy Rowley made the following motion, and Rick Andrews and Steve Roylance
endorsed it:


... Motion Begins ...


... Erratum Begins ...


Add the following as new Section 11.1.3:


11.1    Authorization by Domain Name Registrant 


11.1.3 Wildcard Domain Validation


Before issuing a certificate with a wildcard character (*) in a CN or
subjectAltName of type DNS-ID, the CA MUST establish and follow a documented
procedure† that determines if the wildcard character occurs in the first
label position to the left of a “registry-controlled” label or “public
suffix” (e.g. “*.com”, “*.co.uk”, see RFC 6454 Section 8.2 for further


If a wildcard would fall within the label immediately to the left of a
registry-controlled† or public suffix, CAs MUST refuse issuance unless the
applicant proves its rightful control of the entire Domain Namespace. (e.g.
CAs MUST NOT issue “*.co.uk” or “*.local”, but MAY issue “*.example.com” to
Example Co.).  


Prior to September 1, 2013, each CA MUST revoke any valid certificate that
does not comply with this section of the Requirements.


†Determination of what is “registry-controlled” versus  the registerable
portion of a Country Code Top-Level Domain Namespace is not standardized at
the time of writing and is not a property of the DNS itself. Current best
practice is to consult a “public suffix list” such as
http://publicsuffix.org/.  If the process for making this determination is
standardized by an RFC, then such a procedure SHOULD be preferred.


Add the following as new Section 11.1.4:


11.1.4 New gTLD Domains


CAs SHOULD NOT issue Certificates containing a new gTLD under consideration
by ICANN. Prior to issuing a Certificate containing an Internal Server Name
with a gTLD that ICANN has announced as under consideration to make
operational, the CA MUST provide a warning to the applicant that the gTLD
may soon become resolvable and that, at that time, the CA will revoke the
Certificate unless the applicant promptly registers the domain name. 


Within 30 days after ICANN has approved a new gTLD for operation, as
evidenced by  publication of a contract with the gTLD operator on
[www.icann.org] each CA MUST (1) compare the new gTLD against the CA’s
records of valid certificates and (2) cease issuing Certificates containing
a Domain Name that includes the new gTLD until after the CA has first
verified the Subscriber's control over or exclusive right to use the Domain
Name  in accordance with Section 11.1.


Within 120 days after the publication of a contract for a new gTLD is
published on [www.icann.org], CAs MUST revoke each Certificate containing a
Domain Name that includes the new gTLD unless the Subscriber is either the
Domain Name Registrant or can demonstrate control over the Domain Name.


... Erratum Ends ...


The review period for this ballot shall commence at 21:00 UTC on 6 February
2013 and will close at 21:00 UTC on 13 February 2013. Unless the motion is
withdrawn during the review period, the voting period will start immediately
thereafter and will close at 21:00 UTC on 20 February 2013. Votes must be
cast by posting an on-list reply to this thread. 


... Motions ends ... 


A vote in favor of the motion must indicate a clear 'yes' in the response. 


A vote against must indicate a clear 'no' in the response. A vote to abstain
must indicate a clear 'abstain' in the response. Unclear responses will not
be counted. The latest vote received from any representative of a voting
member before the close of the voting period will be counted. 


Voting members are listed here: http://www.cabforum.org/forum.html 


In order for the motion to be adopted, two thirds or more of the votes cast
by members in the CA category and one half or more of the votes cast by
members in the browser category must be in favor. Also, at least seven
members must participate in the ballot, either by voting in favor, voting
against or abstaining.

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