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

Adriano Santoni adriano.santoni at staff.aruba.it
Fri Jan 3 07:04:38 UTC 2020

Thank you Tim for preparing this. We'd be willing to endorse the ballot.

I concur with Wayne on being it worth to clarify that S/MIME 
certificates can be "with and without natural or legal identity ", in 
addition to an email address.


Il 20/12/2019 21:46, Tim Hollebeek via Public ha scritto:
> 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.
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