[cabfpub] Forum-XXX: S/MIME Working Group - looking for comments and endorsements

Tim Hollebeek tim.hollebeek at digicert.com
Fri Dec 20 13:46:09 MST 2019

Ok, I think it's time to circulate this to a wider audience and look for
endorsers.  Happy holidays!




Purpose of the Ballot


The CA/Browser Forum recently underwent a two-year long governance reform
exercise, modifying the Bylaws to allow the creation of working groups that
covered topics other than server certificates.  While originally motivated
by the inability to maintain requirements for code signing certificates, it
was anticipated from the start that this would also provide an opportunity
to create other working groups that could develop and maintain certificate
profiles and requirements for other kinds of certificates.  While a number
of regional and technical standards exist regarding the creation and
issuance of S/MIME certificates, there is no current global forum for
certificate authorities and those who consume or use S/MIME certificates to
come together and develop and maintain policies and standards for those
certificates.  This lack of standards has impeded the adoption and
interoperability of S/MIME certificate worldwide.  This ballot would
establish a working group chartered to develop and maintain such standards
for S/MIME certificates, including but not limited to two important
priorities: a uniform certificate profile for the issuance of
publicly-trusted S/MIME certificates, and validation requirements for such




Establish S/MIME Certificates Working Group


Upon approval of the CAB Forum by ballot in accordance with section 5.3 of
the Bylaws, the S/MIME Certificates Working Group ("SMWG") is created to
perform the activities as specified in the attached Charter.



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