[cabfpub] Pre-Ballot 156 - Amend Sections 1 and 2 of Baseline Requirements

Robin Alden robin at comodo.com
Fri Nov 6 09:33:16 UTC 2015

Hi Ben,

I think Bruce raises a good question about effective date especially
since, as Doug predicts, this is the first in a line of ballots which
may require CAs to update their CP/CPS.

Since there is already an obligation to update CP/CPS document annually
(BR Section 2) perhaps we should look at a 3 month period before the
ballot is effective, and then stipulate that the CP/CPS changes are made
in the CA's next CP/CPS update subsequent to the effective date.  That
will allow CAs more control over the cadence in which they update their
policies and accomplishes the goal of getting the changes into policy
without causing a machine-gun like stutter of policy updates.

None of these changes being introduced are hot-fixes.


Whichever way the effective date runs, we'll endorse.





From: public-bounces at cabforum.org [mailto:public-bounces at cabforum.org]
On Behalf Of Ben Wilson
Sent: 05 November 2015 16:04
Subject: [cabfpub] Pre-Ballot 156 - Amend Sections 1 and 2 of Baseline


Here is a pre-ballot draft of Ballot 156 - Amend Sections 1 and 2 of
Baseline Requirements as recommended for adoption by the Policy Review
Working Group.  I've attached a redlined version of the BRs.  I am
looking for endorsers.


The Policy Review Working Group has reviewed the Baseline Requirements,
and as a result the following motion has been proposed by Ben Wilson of
DigiCert and endorsed by  __  of   __ and __   of   __.




1) In Section 1.1, under Notice to Readers add a second sentence "This
document serves two purposes:  to specify Baseline Requirements and to
provide guidance and requirements for what a CA should include in its


2) In Section 1.4.2 add "No stipulation."


3) In Section 1.5.2 add "Contact information for the CA/Browser Forum is
available here:  https://cabforum.org/leadership/ 


In this section of a CA's CPS, the CA shall provide a link to a web page
or an email address for contacting the person or persons responsible for
operation of the CA."


4) In Section 1.5.3 add "No stipulation."


5) In Section 1.5.4 add "No stipulation."


6) In Section 2.3 add "The CA SHALL develop, implement, enforce, and
annually update a Certificate Policy and/or Certification Practice
Statement that describes in detail how the CA implements the latest
version of these Requirements."


7) In Section 2.4 add "The CA shall make its Repository public available
in a read-only manner."




The review period for this ballot shall commence at  November 2015, and
will close at   November 2015. Unless the motion is withdrawn during the
review period, the voting period will start immediately thereafter and
will close at   November 2015. Votes must be cast by posting an on-list
reply to this thread.


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:


In order for the motion to be adopted, two thirds or more of the votes
cast by members in the CA category and greater than 50% of the votes
cast by members in the browser category must be in favor. Quorum is
currently nine (9) members- at least nine members must participate in
the ballot, either by voting in favor, voting against, or abstaining.

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