[cabfpub] Ballot SC4: Version 3

Tim Hollebeek tim.hollebeek at digicert.com
Fri Aug 17 05:15:20 MST 2018


 

Ballot SC4: CAA Contact Property and Associated E-mail Validation Methods

Purpose of Ballot: Increasingly, contact information is not available in
WHOIS due to concerns about potential GDPR violations.  This ballot
specifies a method by which domain holders can publish their contact
information via DNS, and how CAs can use that information for validating
domain control.

The following motion has been proposed by Tim Hollebeek of DigiCert and
endorsed by Bruce Morton of Entrust and Doug Beattie of GlobalSign.

--- MOTION BEGINS ---

This ballot modifies the "Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and
Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates" as follows, based on Version
1.6.0:

Add Section 3.2.2.4.13: Domain Owner Email in CAA

Confirm the Applicant's control over the FQDN by (i) sending an email to a
DNS domain name holder, (ii) including a Random Value in the email, and
(iii) receiving a confirming response utilizing the Random Value. The CA
MUST send the email to an email address found in the CAA ContactEmail
property record of the Authorization Domain Name as defined in Appendix B.

 

Each email MAY confirm control of multiple FQDNs, provided the email address
used is a DNS contact email address for each ADN being validated.

 

The Random Value SHALL be unique in each email. The email MAY be re-sent in
its entirety, including the re-use of the Random Value, provided that its
entire contents and recipient SHALL remain unchanged. The Random Value SHALL
remain valid for use in a confirming response for no more than 30 days from
its creation. The CPS MAY specify a shorter validity period for Random
Values.

 

Note: Once the FQDN has been validated using this method, the CA MAY also
issue Certificates for other FQDNs that end with all the labels of the
validated FQDN. This method is suitable for validating Wildcard Domain
Names.

Add Section 3.2.2.4.14: Domain Owner Email published in TXT record

 

Confirm the Applicant's control over the FQDN by (i) sending an email to a
DNS domain name holder, (ii) including a Random Value in the email, and
(iii) receiving a confirming response utilizing the Random Value. The CA
MUST send the email to an email address found in the DNS TXT record of the
Authorization Domain Name in the format defined in Appendix B.

 

Each email MAY confirm control of multiple FQDNs, provided the email address
used is a DNS contact email address for each ADN being validated.

The Random Value SHALL be unique in each email. The email MAY be re-sent in
its entirety, including the re-use of the Random Value, provided that its
entire contents and recipient SHALL remain unchanged. The Random Value SHALL
remain valid for use in a confirming response for no more than 30 days from
its creation. The CPS MAY specify a shorter validity period for Random
Values.

 

Note: Once the FQDN has been validated using this method, the CA MAY also
issue Certificates for other FQDNs that end with all the labels of the
validated FQDN. This method is suitable for validating Wildcard Domain
Names.

 

Add Appendix B: CAA ContactEmail Property

The syntax for the contactemail property is similar to the iodef property.
It allows domain owners to publish contact information in DNS in addition to
WHOIS for the purpose of validating domain control.

CAA contactemail Property

 

contactemail <rfc6532emailaddress> :  The contactemail property specifies a
means of contacting the domain holder, or another party that is authorized
to approve issuance of certificates for the domain in question.

The contactemail property takes an email address as its parameter.  The
entire parameter value of the MUST be a valid email address as defined in
RFC 6532 section 3.2, with no additional padding or structure, or it cannot
be used.

 

The following is an example where the holder of the domain specified the
contact property using an email address.

 

$ORIGIN example.com

.              CAA 0 issue "ca.example.net"

.              CAA 0 contactemail domainowner at example.com

 

_caa_contact_email DNS TXT record

 

Some systems still do not have sufficient support for CAA records.  To allow
users of those systems to specify contact information, a legacy format using
text records is allowed.

               

The DNS TXT record MUST be placed on the "_caa_contact_email" subdomain of
the domain being validated.  The entire RDATA value of the
"_caa_contact_email" record MUST be a valid email address as defined in RFC
6532 section 3.2, with no additional padding or structure, or it cannot be
used.

 

--- MOTION ENDS ---

*** WARNING ***: USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.  THE REDLINE BELOW IS NOT THE
OFFICIAL VERSION OF THE CHANGES (CABF Bylaws, Section 2.4(a)):

 

A comparison of the changes can be found at:
https://github.com/cabforum/documents/compare/Ballot-SC4---CAA-CONTACT-email
?diff=unified&expand=1

The procedure for approval of this ballot is as follows:

Discussion (7+ days)

Start Time: 2018-08-17 8:15 Eastern

End Time: Not before 2018-08-24 8:15 Eastern

Vote for approval (7 days)

Start Time: TBD

End Time: TBD

 

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