[Servercert-wg] Voting Period Begins - Ballot SC-59 v2 "Weak Key Guidance"

Wayne Thayer wthayer at gmail.com
Fri Jul 7 21:57:14 UTC 2023

Fastly votes NO to ballot SC-59 v2.

While I realize that this ballot was first proposed more than 3 years ago
and I greatly appreciate the efforts to finish the work, some valid
concerns were raised recently on the list. Although consensus is not
required, it is desirable, and there has not been adequate time or
discussion given to these concerns. I am not opposed to the requirements as
currently proposed but I see no good reason to cut off meaningful
discussion that could result in a better outcome.

- Wayne

On Thu, Jul 6, 2023 at 9:17 AM Tom Zermeno via Servercert-wg <
servercert-wg at cabforum.org> wrote:

> *Purpose of the Ballot SC-59*
> This ballot proposes updates to the Baseline Requirements for the Issuance
> and Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates related to the
> identification and revocation of certificates with private keys that were
> generated in a manner that may make them susceptible to easy decryption. It
> specifically deals with Debian weak keys, ROCA, and Close Primes
> Vulnerability.
> Notes:
>    - Thank you to the participants who voiced opinions and concerns about
>    the previous version of the ballot.  While there were many concerns about
>    the inclusion of the Debian weak keys checks, we have decided to leave the
>    checks in the ballot.  Our reasoning is that we wanted to strengthen the
>    guidance statements, to help CAs ensure compliant certificate generation.
>    Future reviews of the BRs may cull the requirements, as is required by the
>    needs of the community.
>    - We believe that the requested date of November 15, 2023, will allow
>    enough time for Certificate Authorities to enact any changes to their
>    systems to ensure that they perform the weak key checks on all CSRs
>    submitted for TLS certificates.
>    - The changes introduced in SC-59 do not conflict with any of the
>    recent ballots. As observed with other ballots in the past, minor
>    administrative updates must be made to the proposed ballot text before
>    publication such that the appropriate Version # and Change History are
>    accurately represented (e.g., to indicate these changes will be represented
>    in Version 2.0.1).
> The following motion has been proposed by Thomas Zermeno of SSL.com and
> has been endorsed by Martijn Katerbarg of Sectigo and Ben Wilson of
> Mozilla.
> *- Motion Begins -*
> This ballot modifies the “Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and
> Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates” (“Baseline Requirements”),
> based on Version 2.0.0.
> MODIFY the Baseline Requirements as specified in the following Redline:
> https://github.com/cabforum/servercert/compare/a0360b61e73476959220dc328e3b68d0224fa0b3...SSLcom:servercert:958e6ccac857b826fead6e4bd06d58f4fdd7fa7a
> *- Motion Ends -*
> The procedure for approval of this ballot is as follows:
> Discussion (7 days)
> • Start time: 2023-06-26 22:00:00 UTC
> • End time: 2023-07-03 21:59:59 UTC
> *Vote for approval (7 days)*
> *  •  Start Time:  2023-07-06 17:00:00*
> *  •  End Time:   2023-07-13 16:59:59*
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