[cabfpub] Draft ballot to create the SSL Performance Working Group

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Mon Oct 14 16:31:55 UTC 2013

At the face-to-face and on the last call, interest was expressed in
creating a Working Group to look at issues related to getting the best
performance out of an SSL deployment. The aim would be to write one or
more best practice documents such that all involved can collaborate to
make sure that SSL websites have the best possible performance, so
promoting the security and welfare of the web.

On the call, it was noted that section 5.3 of the Bylaws requires a
ballot in order to create a WG. This is a draft ballot for this purpose.
We've not created a working group from a ballot before, so comments on
how it is best done would be most welcome.

Also, if you are interested in endorsing this ballot, please let me know.


Ballot 109 – Create SSL Performance Working Group

Gervase Markham (Mozilla) made the following motion, endorsed by X from
Y and Z from Q:

--- Motion begins ---

The CAB Forum shall create a Working Group, to be known as the SSL
Performance Working Group.

Scope: the Working Group shall consider all matters having a bearing on
software deployments which use SSL and the Web PKI. Examples might
include: certificate contents, choice of proposed ciphers, webserver
configuration, and OCSP configuration.

Deliverables: the Working Group shall produce one or more documents
giving best practice guidance for getting the best performance from a
SSL deployment which uses the Web PKI. The expectation is that such
documentation will be submitted to the Forum for publication as (a)
non-binding Forum document(s).

Expiration Date: the Working Group shall expire twenty-seven months
("one EV") from the passing of this resolution, unless extended by a
further ballot of the Members, such a ballot to specify the extension
period and any necessarily modifications of the scope and deliverables.

... Motion ends ...

The ballot review period comes into effect immediately upon posting
today (XXXX) and will close at 2200 UTC on XXXX.  Unless the ballot is
withdrawn or modified during the review period, the voting period will
start immediately thereafter and will close at 2200 UTC on XXXX.  If the
ballot is modified for reasons other than to correct minor typographical
errors, then the ballot will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

Votes must be cast by posting an on-list reply to this thread.

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

A vote against the ballot 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 more than one half of the votes
cast by members in the browser category must be in favor. Also, quorum
is currently set at XXXX members-- at least six members must participate
in the ballot, either by voting in favor, voting against, or by
abstaining for the vote to be valid.

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