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

Tim Hollebeek tim.hollebeek at digicert.com
Mon Jun 1 19:03:53 UTC 2020

I believe the most recent attempt to post this was swallowed by CABForum
mailer issues that were fixed today.  Reposting:


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




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




The procedure for approval of this ballot is as follows:


Discussion (7+ days)


Start Time: 2020-06-01  15:00:00 EDT


End Time: after 2020-06-08 15:00:00 EDT


Vote for approval (7 days)


Start Time: TBD


End Time: TBD


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