[cabfpub] Ballot 117 - EV Code Signing Guidelines Corrections

Rob Stradling rob.stradling at comodo.com
Fri Mar 21 14:40:14 UTC 2014

Comodo votes "no".

Comodo strongly supports the concept of EV Code Signing, and would very 
much like to see wider implementation and participation.  However, as 
far as we are aware, EV Code Signing has been implemented by only a 
single vendor with only two CA participants in that vendor's program. 
Therefore, as Section 1.2 of the Bylaws of the CA/B Forum states that 
the purpose of the Forum is to meet and discuss matters of common 
interest, we do not believe the EV Code Signing Guidelines to be a 
matter of common interest for the Forum at this time.  Specifically, 
absent wider implementation and participation in the use of this 
standard, additional work now by the CA/B Forum on this topic will be in 
contravention of Section 1.2 of the Bylaws.

Moreover, Section 1.3 of the Bylaws of the CA/B Forum states that Forum 
Members shall not use their participation in the Forum either to promote 
their own products and offerings or to restrict or impede the products 
and offerings of other Members.  Given the current level of 
implementation and participation in EV Code Signing, Comodo currently 
cannot vote in favour of Ballot 117, because agreements, understandings, 
or protocols reached in the context of standard setting efforts may 
violate antitrust laws if the effective result of such efforts is to 
restrain competition.

On 10/03/14 16:24, Ben Wilson wrote:
> Ballot 117 - EV Code Signing Guidelines Corrections
> Jeremy Rowley of DigiCert made the following motion, and Iñigo Barreira
> of Izenpe and Rick Andrews of Symantec endorsed it.
> There are two issues with the EV code signing guidelines that need
> correction:
> 1.  Section 9.2.2 of the EV code signing guidelines recommends that CAs
> not include the SAN extension in an EV certificate.  However, section
> 9.7 requires that an EV certificate include
> subjectAltName:permanentIdentifier. Because the main concern is that a
> CA might include a domain name in the SAN extension, we should specify
> that this practice is not allowed and recognize that other information
> may be present.
> 2.  Because the EV Code Signing Guidelines were originally based on the
> EV Guidelines for SSL, Section 9.2.3 of the EV code signing guidelines
> deprecates the CN field.  However, the CABF Code Signing Working Group
> received a report that this field is still required by code signing
> applications. We should still include the CN in code signing
> certificates for the Subscriber’s legal name, even though the field is
> deprecated for use in SSL/TLS certificates.
> ---Motion Begins---
> Effective immediately:
> a.            Replace section 9.2.2 with the following:
> “9.2.2    Subject Alternative Name Extension
> This field MUST be present and MUST contain the permanentIdentifier
> specified in Section 9.7. This field MUST NOT contain a Domain Name or
> IP Address.”
> b.            Amend section 9.2.3 as follows:
> “9.2.2    Subject Common Name Field
> Certificate field: subject:commonName (OID
> Required/Optional: Required
> Contents: This field MUST contain the Subject’s legal name as verified
> under Section 11.2.“
> ---Motion ends---
> Motion Ends
> The review period for this ballot shall commence at 2200 UTC on Monday,
> 10 March 2014, and will close at 2200 UTC on Monday, 17 March 2014.
> Unless the motion is withdrawn during the review period, the voting
> period will start immediately thereafter and will close at 2200 UTC on
> Monday, 24 March 2014.
> Votes must be cast by posting an on-list reply to this thread.
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> before the close of the voting period will be counted.
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> 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.
> 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 valid.

Rob Stradling
Senior Research & Development Scientist
COMODO - Creating Trust Online

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