[cabfpub] New working group

Jeremy Rowley jeremy.rowley at digicert.com
Wed Jun 25 10:54:54 UTC 2014

Hi everyone, 


During the CAB Forum face-to-face meeting, we discussed creating a working
group to compare the NIST IR proposal and various with the existing CAB
Forum work product. The group will also continue our contemplation on
converting to a 3647 format to make future comparisons easier.  


Many of the ideas encompassed in these other standards documents are great
ideas that could improve the BRs, EV Guidelines, or Network Security
Guidelines.  Although the Forum may not adopt the specific language
presented in these documents, we certainly can use the previous work product
as a starting point for discussion.  This group is tasked with identifying
those starting point and either bringing them to the main CAB Forum or
making recommended ballot proposals.  


Most CPs, including the NIST IR, are formatted in a 3647 format.  The BRs
are a CP that lacks this format.  Having the CAB Forum use an RFC-complaint
format will increase the ease in comparing new and existing guidelines with
Forum work product.  The group will look at the 3647 conversion work already
completed and decide whether the CAB Forum should continue the project.


To accommodate these goals, we plan to create the new CP Review Working
Group.  I look forward to the discussions.


Ballot 128 - CP Review Working Group


Jeremy Rowley (DigiCert) made the following motion, endorsed by Dean Coclin
(Symantec) and Doug Beattie (GlobalSign). 




The CAB Forum shall create a Working Group called the CP Review Working


Scope: The CP Review Working Group will (i) consider existing and proposed
standards, (ii) create a list of potential improvements based on the
considered standards that improve the existing CAB Forum work product, (iii)
evaluate the transition to a 3647 format based on the amount.  


Deliverables: The Working Group will produce topics of discussion and
proposed ballots that improve the CA infrastructure based on existing
standards and documents.  The Working Group will also make a recommendation
on whether to finish the 3647 conversion. Of course, all work product
produced by the Working Group is non-binding on the forum until officially
adopted by ballot.




The review period starts on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 and ends on July 2,
2014. Voting starts at 2200 UTC on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. The voting
period will close at 2200 UTC on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. 


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


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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.


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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
six (6) 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






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