[cabfpub] Proposed motion to modify EV domain verification section

Jeremy Rowley jeremy.rowley at digicert.com
Tue May 7 03:59:44 UTC 2013

We do require a human interaction (and that won’t change) when we verify the certificate requester.  However, that is separate from domain verification.  Considering that WHOIS information is essentially non-verified information, I don’t think the WHOIS check provides any insight about the domain’s operator.  Until ICANN requires verification of each domain applicant, the WHOIS information is less reliable (IMO) than several of the verification methods permitted under the baseline requirements.


From: public-bounces at cabforum.org [mailto:public-bounces at cabforum.org] On Behalf Of Eddy Nigg (StartCom Ltd.)
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Subject: Re: [cabfpub] Proposed motion to modify EV domain verification section


On 05/06/2013 05:42 PM, From Rich Smith: 

What's more, the EV requirement around domain verification is currently LESS
SECURE than OV/DV in this regard as it ONLY requires looking at WHOIS.  To
the best of my knowledge there has never been a case of any mis-issuance of
a certificate to an unauthorized domain where a technical mechanism was used
to verify domain authorization.

If anything we should probably require a technical verification and a human interaction via WHOIS to really improve it.

I'm not sure... if we'd simply rely on technical verification under certain circumstances certificates could be issued unintentional and then in the EV level. I'm not very comfortable with the thought to solemnly rely on a domain control validation. 

Also EV certificates should probably identify the entity that stands behind the web site (even though the guidelines allow for authorization and delegation of sites to a validated entity), it requires either a lookup at the WHOIS records and/or web sites involved to confirm that.

It is also extremely frustrating for a customer who, for example, gets a
request from us to unmask whois, gets an email sent to a WHOIS contact and
responds to it, then gets another request that they now have go back in and
change the WHOIS info because we have found it to not match now that we can
see it.  From their point of view, the email established that they own the
domain so we are now just wasting their time.

Yes, probably most of us are aware of the difficulties with that, on the other hand it also relays to the parties involved that an EV isn't that easy to get. Agreed that your proposal would reduce some of the hassle with that and make EV more convenient.




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