[cabfpub] Require commonName in Root and Intermediate Certificates ballot draft (2)

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Thu Apr 13 16:34:58 UTC 2017

I will endorse.


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Hi everyone,

Here's an updated version with Peter's tweak to allow CN to be the same if the Name is different, and some clarifications requested by Kirk as to the scope of applicability time-wise.

Can I get a couple of endorsers?


Ballot XXX - Require commonName in Root and Intermediate Certificates
Purpose of Ballot: Section of the BRs, which deals with Subject Information for Subordinate CA Certificates, currently requires only that all information in a Subordinate CA Certificate is accurate; it does not say what information is required. Some of the necessary information is required elsewhere in the BRs, but it is not complete - commonName is missing. If commonName is omitted, DN clashes can more easily occur. So this motion centralises that information in the obvious place, and adds a commonName requirement.
The following motion has been proposed by Gervase Markham of Mozilla and endorsed by XXX of XXX and XXX of XXX:


Section 1

Make the following changes to the Baseline Requirements:

* Delete (e), which currently defines the Subject Information required in a Root CA Certificate.

* Delete (h), which currently defines the Subject Information required in a Subordinate CA Certificate.

* Rename section, currently titled "Subject Information", to "Subject Information - Subscriber Certificates".

* Rename section, currently titled "Subject Information - Subordinate CA Certificates" to "Subject Information - Root Certificates and Subordinate CA Certificates".

* Based on the style used in and the content from the now-deleted (e) and (h), add the following section Subject Distinguished Name Fields

Certificate Field: subject:commonName (OID

Required/Optional: Required

Contents: This field MUST be present and the contents MUST be an identifier

for the certificate such that the certificate's Name is unique across all

certificates issued by the issuing certificate.

b. Certificate Field: subject:organizationName (OID

Required/Optional: Required

Contents: This field MUST be present and the contents MUST contain

either the Subject CA’s name or DBA as verified under Section

The CA may include information in this field that differs slightly from

the verified name, such as common variations or abbreviations,  provided

that the CA documents the difference and any abbreviations used are

locally accepted abbreviations; e.g., if the official record shows

“Company Name Incorporated”, the CA MAY use “Company Name Inc.” or

“Company Name”.

c. Certificate Field: subject:countryName (OID:

Required/Optional: Required

Contents: This field MUST contain the two‐letter ISO 3166‐1 country code

for the country in which the CA’s place of business is located.

Section 2

For the avoidance of doubt, these updated requirements apply only to root and intermediate certificates issued after the Effective Date of this ballot, which is upon approval (i.e. at the end of the IPR Review Period if no Exclusion Notices are filed).

The procedure for approval of this Final Maintenance Guideline ballot is as follows (exact start and end times may be adjusted to comply with applicable Bylaws and IPR Agreement):


Status: Final Maintenance Guideline

Start time (23:00 UTC)

End time (23:00 UTC)

Discussion (7 to 14 days)



Vote for approval (7 days)



If vote approves ballot: Review Period (Chair to send Review Notice) (30 days).

If Exclusion Notice(s) filed, ballot approval is rescinded and PAG to be created.

If no Exclusion Notices filed, ballot becomes effective at end of Review Period.

Upon filing of Review Notice by Chair

30 days after filing of Review Notice by Chair

From Bylaw 2.3: If the Draft Guideline Ballot is proposing a Final Maintenance Guideline, such ballot will include a redline or comparison showing the set of changes from the Final Guideline section(s) intended to become a Final Maintenance Guideline, and need not include a copy of the full set of guidelines.  Such redline or comparison shall be made against the Final Guideline section(s) as they exist at the time a ballot is proposed, and need not take into consideration other ballots that may be proposed subsequently, except as provided in Bylaw Section 2.3(j).

Votes must be cast by posting an on-list reply to this thread on the Public list.  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: https://cabforum.org/members/
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 shown on CA/Browser Forum wiki.  Under Bylaw 2.2(g), at least the required quorum number must participate in the ballot for the ballot to be valid, either by voting in favor, voting against, or abstaining.
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