[cabfpub] Ballot SC10 – Establishing the Network Security Subcommittee of the SCWG
tim.hollebeek at digicert.com
Fri Sep 14 09:13:11 MST 2018
Collaborating outside of a subcommittee has a bunch of drawbacks, including a complete lack of public transparency and much weaker IPR protections.
In my opinion, there’s already way, way too much going on in private that would be better handled in subcommittees where everyone can participate and there are publicly available notes.
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Subject: Re: [cabfpub] Ballot SC10 – Establishing the Network Security Subcommittee of the SCWG
Would it be helpful to take a step back and propose an amendment to the Bylaws or SCWG charter that addresses Subcommittees in sufficient detail? I would be willing to work on that. Meanwhile, if the Network Security WG left some urgent work unfinished, nothing prevents SCWG members from collaborating outside of the Subcommittee structure.
On Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 3:49 PM Ryan Sleevi via Public <public at cabforum.org <mailto:public at cabforum.org> > wrote:
I think that, without incorporating or responding to feedback, we will be opposed to this ballot. I agree that it's unfortunate we have gotten nowhere - but it's equally unfortunate to have spent two months without responding to any of the substance of the issues. It's great to see progress, but making small steps doesn't excuse leaving glaring issues. It's better to let these fall down than to support them with fundamental flaws.
Concrete feedback is:
Delete: "These renewed NCSSR documents will serve CAs, auditors and browsers in giving a state of the art set of rules for the deployment and operation of CAs computing infrastructures."
Rationale: That presumes this output will be valid/valuable.
Delete: "The Subcommittee may choose its own initial Chair."
Rationale: Subcommittees don't have Chairs and votes. They're just meetings of the CWG with focus.
Delete: "The Network Security Subcommittee shall produce one or more documents offering options to the Forum for establishing minimal security standards within the scope defined above, which may be used to modify the existing NCSSRs."
Rationale: This is a pretty much a non-scope as worded, but worse, precludes some of the very activities you want to do. For example, reforming existing requirements doesn't establish minimums, so is out of scope.
Obviously, that leaves you with nothing left. Hopefully there's something concrete you think should remain, and you can suggest improvements there.
On Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 6:24 PM Kirk Hall <Kirk.Hall at entrustdatacard.com <mailto:Kirk.Hall at entrustdatacard.com> > wrote:
On this ballot and Ballot SC10, I’m only going to consider comments and criticisms that propose specific alternate language that you will support. We have spent two months on creation of Subcommittees that simply continue the work we have been doing., and getting nowhere. Time to finish up!
Do you have specific alternate ballot language you want the Members to consider? If so, please post.
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On Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 5:25 PM Kirk Hall via Public <public at cabforum.org <mailto:public at cabforum.org> > wrote:
Scope: Revising and improving the Network and Certificate Systems Security Requirements (NCSSRs).
Out of Scope: No provision.
Deliverables: The Network Security Subcommittee shall produce one or more documents offering options to the Forum for establishing minimal security standards within the scope defined above, which may be used to modify the existing NCSSRs. These renewed NCSSR documents will serve CAs, auditors and browsers in giving a state of the art set of rules for the deployment and operation of CAs computing infrastructures. The Subcommittee may choose its own initial Chair.
Is this Deliverable correct? Is that scope correct? The previous WG produced (only after significant prodding) a statement about 'options' - which was to modifying the existing NCSSRs. It seems like we're talking now about concrete recommendations for changes, and it seems more relevant to note what is in scope or out of scope.
I disagree that the deliverable affirmatively stating "will serve CA, auditors, and browsers".
However, there's other, more fundamental problems. Most notable is that Subcommittees aren't established to have Chairs - the point of the rework of the Bylaws was to make it clearer what activities are done and how they fit, and a SCWG subcommittee is just that - a subgroup of the SCWG. The other is that the SCWG does not yet have a defined process for the establishment of subcommittees.
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