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

Dimitris Zacharopoulos (HARICA) dzacharo at harica.gr
Tue Jun 9 10:08:39 UTC 2020

HARICA votes "yes" to Forum-14.

On 2020-06-08 11:51 μ.μ., Tim Hollebeek via Public wrote:
> 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.
> 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/6e0b8e61590164eb2d686ddcf266b189f46fc636...e6ad111f4477010cbff409cd939c5ac1c7c85ccc).
> 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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