[Smcwg-public] [External Sender] Re: SV certificates devoid of individual attributes

Adriano Santoni adriano.santoni at staff.aruba.it
Mon Oct 16 14:28:21 UTC 2023

Well, in my opinion that's not a good thing.


Il 16/10/2023 16:16, Martijn Katerbarg ha scritto:
> Hi Adriano,
> Yes, I do believe you’re correct. Taking your example, the only 
> difference would be the Policy OID in the certificate.
> I’m not sure why anyone would in that case opt for a Sponsor Validated 
> cert over OV, however it does appear to be compliant, yet only for 
> Legacy templates.
> Regards,
> Martijn
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> 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% 
> compliant:
> CN=info at example.com, O=Example HmbH, 
> organizationIdentifier=NTRXX-xxxxx, C=XX
> 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?
> Adriano
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