[cabfpub] Ballot 218: Remove validation methods #1 and #5
richard.smith at comodo.com
Wed Jan 3 14:44:21 MST 2018
I agree with Ryan on this and stand by my endorsement of this ballot to move forward. I’m not opposed to adding 188.8.131.52.1 back in if it can be made much more secure and brought up to equivalent level with the other methods, but I also have my doubts as to whether or not that is possible in the broad sense across all TLDs and registrars. That being the case I think the best course is to remove it for now because in it’s present form is extremely weak and add back later if and when it has undergone sufficient revisions to make it secure.
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Subject: Re: [cabfpub] Ballot 218: Remove validation methods #1 and #5
We had two endorsers for the discussion. As I mentioned, there's nothing inherent in needing to direct this to VWG. As DigiCert has pointed out, there are CAs today that are doing validations that are patently insecure.
While we can understand and appreciate that some members may wish to introduce new validation methods that are limited in scope and applicability (for example, Mads' example only applies to a limited subset of ccTLDs, and cannot be done safely generically), in order to reduce that risk, I think it's entirely appropriate to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of the Internet at large.
This does not prevent or inhibit the issuance of certificates that have appropriate controls - that is, these methods could be argued as an 'optimization' - and thus we should not unduly delay progress. Regarding passing it to the VWG, could you indicate where you saw that was suggested? The only mention of it I saw was from you, on a separate thread, and I'm curious if perhaps I've missed additional discussion. Certainly, our workmode does not require sending such discussions "to committee"
On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 3:10 PM, Kirk Hall via Public <public at cabforum.org <mailto:public at cabforum.org> > wrote:
Tim, I thought this issue was going to be discussed first by the VWG, as several CAs have indicated they would like to keep (but improve) Method 1.
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Ballot 218: Remove validation methods #1 and #5
Purpose of Ballot: Section 184.108.40.206 says that it “defines the permitted processes and procedures for validating the Applicant’s ownership or control of the domain.” Most of the validation methods actually do validate ownership and control, but two do not, and can be completed solely based on an applicant’s own assertions.
Since these two validation methods do not meet the objectives of section 220.127.116.11, and are actively being used to avoid validating domain control or ownership, they should be removed, and the other methods that do validate domain control or ownership should be used.
The following motion has been proposed by Tim Hollebeek of DigiCert and endorsed by Ryan Sleevi of Google and Rich Smith of Comodo.
-- MOTION BEGINS –
This ballot modifies the “Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates” as follows, based upon Version 1.5.4:
In Section 18.104.22.168.1, add text at the end: “For certificates issued on or after March 1, 2018, this method SHALL NOT be used for validation, and completed validations using this method SHALL NOT be used for the issuance of certificates.”
In Section 22.214.171.124.5, add text at the end: “For certificates issued on or after March 1, 2018, this method SHALL NOT be used for validation, and completed validations using this method SHALL NOT be used for the issuance of certificates.”
In Section 4.2.1, after the paragraph that begins “After the change to any validation method”, add the following paragraph: “Validations completed using methods specified in Section 126.96.36.199.1 or Section 188.8.131.52.5 SHALL NOT be re-used on or after March 1, 2018.”
-- MOTION ENDS –
For the purposes of section 4.2.1, the new text added to 4.2.1 from this ballot is “specifically provided in a [this] ballot.”
The procedure for approval of this ballot is as follows:
Discussion (7+ days)
Start Time: 2017-01-03 19:30:00 UTC
End Time: Not Before 2017-01-10 19:30:00 UTC
Vote for approval (7 days)
Start Time: TBD
End Time: TBD
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