[Smcwg-public] SV certificates devoid of individual attributes

Adriano Santoni adriano.santoni at staff.aruba.it
Mon Oct 16 13:52:05 UTC 2023

Hello all,

I have the impression that the current SMBRs allow to issue 
Sponsor-Validated certificates which, contrary to the definition of this 
type of certificate, do not contain any "Individual (Natural Person) 
attributes" (quoting from the definition of Sponsor-Validated). At 
least, this seems to hold for the "Legacy Generation profiles".

  * according to §3.1.1 and §, the commonName does not
    necessarily have to contain a Personal Name (in fact it MAY contain
    a Mailbox Address)

  * according to §, givenName and surname attributes are not
    required in "Legacy Generation profiles".

Furthermore, as already discussed in a previous thread, there is no 
requirement that a personal email address have a "personal" appearance 
(e.g. forename.surname at company.com).

Therefore, if I understand correctly, a Subject of the following type 
within a "Legacy" SV (Sponsor-Validated) certificate would be 100% 

CN=info at example.com, O=Example HmbH, organizationIdentifier=NTRXX-xxxxx, 

If this is true, it would make no difference if the certificate was OV 
rather than SV: the Subject could be identical in the two cases, and it 
would be devoid of  "Individual (Natural Person) attibutes".

Is the above correct, or am I missing something?


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