[cabfpub] XMSS became an RFC

Ryan Sleevi sleevi at google.com
Wed Jun 6 14:42:29 UTC 2018

For those not familiar with the IETF process, there are four independent
document streams:
IETF, IRTF, IAB, and Independent

Further, there are different document statuses -
https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1796 provides information about that, aptly
titled "Not all RFCs are Standards"

This particular document is published under the IRTF Informational stream -
meaning it's not itself a Proposed Standard - but documents the algorithm

This is not terribly unfamiliar for CAs - RFC 3447 is itself an
Informational document, but describes the core of RSA signatures and keys.
Algorithms having an RFC does not itself represent an endorsement of the
algorithm specified - merely a consistent and stable reference for the

If this is as clear as Mississippi Mud, well, the IETF and IAB hears you,
which is why https://trac.tools.ietf.org/bof/trac/#General the RFC++ BOF
exists, to gather feedback from the community and help make it clearer what
an "RFC" means.

On Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 9:19 AM, philliph--- via Public <public at cabforum.org>

> Re the post quantum crypto discussion, XMSS is now an RFC.
> https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/rfc8391/
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