[Servercert-wg] Discussion Period Begins - Ballot SC-073: Compromised and Weak Keys

Wayne Thayer wthayer at gmail.com
Thu Apr 18 00:00:00 UTC 2024

Purpose of Ballot SC-073

This ballot proposes updates to the Baseline Requirements for the Issuance
and Management of Publicly-Trusted TLS Server Certificates related to weak
and compromised private keys. These changes lie primarily in Section

   - clarifies that, for the purpose of this requirement, CAs
   shall be made aware of compromised keys using their existing notification
   - improves guidance for CAs around the detection of weak keys.
   Should this ballot pass, these changes become effective on November 15,



   This ballot builds on the extensive work done by SSL.com in creating
   ballot SC-59v2 Weak Key Guidance. SSL.com’s contributions are appreciated.

   Thanks to Rob Stradling of Sectigo for the generation and publication of
   the set of Debian weak keys referenced in this ballot.

   The Debian weak keys requirements have been discussed extensively,
   including in the following threads:


   This ballot does not appear to conflict with any other ballots that are
   currently under discussion.

The following motion has been proposed by Wayne Thayer of Fastly, and
endorsed by Brittany Randall of GoDaddy and Bruce Morton of Entrust.

— Motion Begins —

This ballot modifies the “Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and
Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates” (“Baseline Requirements”),
based on Version 2.0.3.

MODIFY the Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and Management of
Publicly-Trusted TLS Server Certificates as specified in the following

Here is a link to the immutable GitHub redline:

— Motion Ends —

This ballot proposes a Final Maintenance Guideline. The procedure for
approval of this ballot is as follows:

Discussion (7+ days)


   Start time: 2024-04-18 00:00:00 UTC

   End time: Not before 2024-04-25 00:00:00 UTC

Vote for approval (7 days)


   Start time:

   End time:
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