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

Pedro FUENTES pfuentes at WISEKEY.COM
Sun Dec 22 02:19:13 MST 2019

I’m Pedro Fuentes, from Wisekey and acting here in representation of the OISTE Foundation; CA that has been recently become member of the Forum.

I’d just like to express for now our deep interest on being an active part of a working group related to personal certificates (with or without S/MIME usage), as this was precisely our aim when joining the Forum.

I’m still catching up on mastering the procedures to participate in these discussions, so I’ll do my best to provide value.

Best regards and happy holidays!

> El 20 dic 2019, a las 21:46, Tim Hollebeek via Public <public at cabforum.org> escribió:
> Ok, I think it’s time to circulate this to a wider audience and look for endorsers.  Happy holidays!
> -Tim
> 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 certificates.
> 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.
> <Draft SMIME Charter 2019-12-20.docx>
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