[cabfpub] [EXT] Re: Ballot 199 - Require commonName in Root and Intermediate Certificates

Ryan Sleevi sleevi at google.com
Thu May 4 20:06:48 UTC 2017

How so? The Ballot only applies to the profile of the issuance of
roots/sub-CAs, not from.

If it applied to from, the existing BRs would already rule out a number of
members' roots and intermediates :)

On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 4:04 PM, Geoff Keating <geoffk at apple.com> wrote:

> On 4 May 2017, at 12:30 pm, Ryan Sleevi via Public <public at cabforum.org>
> wrote:
> Kirk raised that, but it does not seem to be a founded concern.
> 1) That requirement applies to all certificates issued against the current
> BRs
> 2) The BRs do not retroactively invalidate - or, especially in the case of
> Ballot 197 - approve - certificate issuance.
> A CA has always and only been obligated to state compliance with the
> in-force BRs with respect to issuance and its activities.
> In this context, saying the BRs apply to ‘all certificates issued’ might
> mean that you could no longer issue a certificate against a root without a
> common name, and so cannot renew any sub-CAs.
> On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 3:27 PM, Steve Medin via Public <
> public at cabforum.org> wrote:
>> Gerv, could we also request explicit forward-looking language? Kirk
>> raised the concern about whether this applies to existing roots and
>> intermediates. We have a root issued in 1997 that does not have a common
>> name. Some interpretations have been discussed, but we would strongly
>> prefer that this be written into this change for clear future
>> interpretations.
>> If I may:
>> Subject Information – Root Certificates and Subordinate CA
>> Certificates
>> When issuing a Root Certificate or Subordinate CA Certificate, the CA
>> represents that it followed the procedure set forth in its Certificate
>> Policy and/or Certification Practice Statement to verify that, as of the
>> Certificate’s issuance date, all of the Subject Information was accurate
>> and included the content required by this section.
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