[Smcwg-public] Use of the certificateHold CRLreason for leaf certificates

Stephen Davidson Stephen.Davidson at digicert.com
Thu Sep 1 15:54:26 UTC 2022


Following active discussion relating to suspension for leaf certificates by the WG, it was agreed to document the use of suspension for the Legacy and Multipurpose certificate generations.

There were arguments regarding the appropriateness of certificateHold in the context of S/MIME, and its effectiveness in the face of limited client support.

However, suspension is permitted by some other standards and regulations, and is used by CAs for S/MIME-capable certificates in some regions.

It is likely that future ballots may further amend these Requirements relating to suspension.

A draft of the changes may be found at https://github.com/cabforum/smime/commit/347eb1b93e1ac5b2ceb13692ce958b6ebd5af5ff

Regards, Stephen

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