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

Martijn Katerbarg martijn.katerbarg at sectigo.com
Mon Oct 16 16:38:03 UTC 2023

Happy to work with you on that. I do wonder what the cause and original intent behind this was. 

I wonder if they key lies in the Note added to section 
“Legacy Generation profiles MAY omit the subject:givenName, subject:surname, and subject:pseudonym attributes and include only the subject:commonName as described in Section <https://github.com/cabforum/smime/blob/main/SBR.md#71422-subject-distinguished-name-fields>.” 

Could it be that the original intent here was that subject:givenName, subject:surname and subject:pseudonym are allowed to be left out, only if subject:commonName was included and had either the pseudonym or givenName+surname in it? 

I could see that as a possible legacy use case, with the intend to deprecate. I’m not sure if any CA needs that use case at current though.



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I would suggest an amendment in order to correct this unintended result; I'm available to dratf a proposal it if there are any endorsers. 

Il 16/10/2023 17:17, Dimitris Zacharopoulos via Smcwg-public ha scritto: 

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I agree it's not a good thing. The SV profile was to support certificates that include attributes of individuals validated by the Enterprise RA. If we allow those to be missing, making it effectively an OV Certificate, seems like an unintended result.

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