[cabfpub] Ballot 208 - dnQualifiers

Ben Wilson ben.wilson at digicert.com
Thu Oct 12 18:04:46 UTC 2017

Ballot 208 - dnQualifiers 

This ballot allows CAs to use dnQualifiers in certificates to partition
groups of certificates into different sets and to allow non-identity
information to be included in DV certificates. 

The following motion has been proposed by Peter Bowen of Amazon and endorsed
by Ben Wilson of DigiCert and Ryan Sleevi of Google. 


In the Baseline Requirements, REPLACE the definition of "Subject Identity
Information" with: 

"Information that identifies the Certificate Subject. Subject Identity
Information does not include [strikeout]a domain name listed in the
subjectAltName extension or the Subject commonName field[/strikeout]
[insert]dnQualifier attributes in Distinguished Names, commonName attributes
in Distinguished Names, dNSName Subject Alternative Names, iPAddress Subject
Alternative Names, or SRVName Subject Alternative Names[/insert]." 

In Section Subject Distinguished Name Fields, re-letter "j" (Other
Subject Attributes) as letter "k" and INSERT a new subsection j. that reads:

j. Certificate Field: subject:dnQualifier 

*	Optional. Contents: This field is intended to be used when several
certificates with the same subject can be partitioned into sets of related
certificates. Each related certificate set MAY have the same dnQualifier.
The CA may include a dnQualifier attribute with a zero length value to
explicitly indicate that the CA makes no assertion about relationship with
other certificates with the same subject. The CA MAY set the dnQualifer
value to the base64 encoding of the SHA1 hash of the subjectAlternativeName
extnValue if it wishes to indicate grouping of certificates by alternative
name set. 


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): 

BALLOT 208 Status: Final Maintenance Guideline Start time (22:00 UTC) End
time (22:00 UTC) 

Discussion begins October 12, 2017 22:00 UTC and ends October 19, 2017 22:00
UTC (7 days) 

Vote for approval begins October 19, 2017 22:00 UTC and ends October 26,
2017 22:00 UTC (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 If Exclusion Notice(s) filed, ballot approval is rescinded and PAG to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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