[cabfpub] VOTING BEGINS: Ballot Forum-14 version 2: Creation of S/MIME Certificates Working Group

Tim Hollebeek tim.hollebeek at digicert.com
Mon Jun 8 13:51:55 MST 2020


The following ballot is proposed by Tim Hollebeek of DigiCert and endorsed
by Wayne Thayer of Mozilla and Clint Wilson of Apple.

 

Ballot Forum-14: Creation of S/MIME Certificates Working Group

 

Purpose of the Ballot

 

The CA/Browser Forum 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.

 

-- MOTION BEGINS -

 

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 Charter, with the Charter as
described here
(https://github.com/cabforum/documents/compare/6e0b8e61590164eb2d686ddcf266b
189f46fc636...e6ad111f4477010cbff409cd939c5ac1c7c85ccc).

 

 

- MOTION ENDS-

 

The procedure for approval of this ballot is as follows:

 

Discussion (7+ days)

 

Start Time: 2020-06-01 16:40:00 EDT

 

End Time: after 2020-06-08 16:40:00 EDT

 

Vote for approval (7 days)

 

Start Time: 2020-06-08 16:50:00 EDT

 

End Time: 2020-06-15 16:50:00 EDT

 

 

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