[cabfpub] Voting begins: Ballot 218 version 2

Tim Hollebeek tim.hollebeek at digicert.com
Mon Jan 29 14:51:44 MST 2018


 

I'm highly skeptical that discussing this for another month will change
anybody's minds.  It has already been discussed for over a month, including
at three validation working group meetings and once on the management call,
with extensive discussion on this list as well.

 

There have been a number of clever attempts to distract from the matter at
hand.  Everybody seems to agree that methods #1 and #5 as currently written
are insufficient to validate certificates, and efforts to improve method #1
have all either been shown to be similarly weak, or have turned the
validation method into one of the other existing validation methods.  In
fact, this demonstrates an obvious transition path for CAs currently using
method #1: use method #2 or method #3.

 

Since methods #1 and #5 do not sufficiently validate certificates, they
should not be used, and six months should be more than enough time to cease
using them.

 

Here is the final version of the ballot, with voting times.  A redlined
document is attached (I encourage other proposers to post ballot redlines,
even if it isn't required).

 

-Tim

 

----- Ballot 218 version 2: Remove validation methods #1 and #5 -----

 

Purpose of Ballot: Section 3.2.2.4 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
3.2.2.4, 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 1.6.1, in the definition of "Domain Contact", after "in a DNS SOA
record", add ", or as obtained through direct contact with the Domain Name
Registrar"

 

In Section 3.2.2.4.1, add text at the end: "For certificates issued on or
after August 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 3.2.2.4.5, add text at the end: "For certificates issued on or
after August 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."

 

After Section 3.2.2.4.10, add following two new subsections:

"3.2.2.4.11 Any Other Method

 

This method has been retired and MUST NOT be used.

 

3.2.2.4.12 Validating Applicant as a Domain Contact

 

Confirming the Applicant's control over the FQDN by validating the Applicant
is the Domain Contact. This method may only be used if the CA is also the
Domain Name Registrar, or an Affiliate of the Registrar, of the Base Domain
Name.

 

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."

 

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 3.2.2.4.1 or Section 3.2.2.4.5 SHALL NOT
be re-used on or after August 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: 2017-01-22  21:30:00 UTC  

  End Time: 2017-01-29 21:50:00 UTC

 

Vote for approval (7 days) 

  Start Time: 2017-01-29 21:50:00 UTC

  End Time: 2017-02-05 21:50 UTC

 

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