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Ballot SC44: Clarify Acceptable Status Codes

The voting on ballot SC44 has completed, and the ballot has passed.

Voting Results

Certificate Issuers

21 votes total, with no abstentions

· 21 Yes votes: Buypass, Certum (Asseco), Chunghwa Telecom, D-TRUST, DigiCert, eMudhra, Entrust, Firmaprofesional, GlobalSign, GoDaddy, HARICA, Kamu SM, Let’s Encrypt / ISRG, OISTE, Sectigo,, SwissSign, Telia Company, TrustCor, SecureTrust, Visa

· 0 No Votes

· 0 Abstentions

Certificate Consumers

5 votes total, with no abstentions

  1. 5 Yes votes: Apple, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla

  2. 0 No votes

  3. 0 Abstentions

Bylaw Requirements

  1. Bylaw 2.3(f) requires:

o A “yes” vote by two-thirds of Certificate Issuer votes and by 50%-plus-one of Certificate Consumer votes. Votes to abstain are not counted for this purpose. This requirement was MET for Certificate Issuers and MET for Certificate Consumers.

o at least one Certificate Issuer and one Certificate Consumer Member must vote in favor of a ballot for the ballot to be adopted. This requirement was MET.

  1. Bylaw 2.3(g) requires that a ballot result only be considered valid when “more than half of the number of currently active Members has participated”. Votes to abstain are counted in determining quorum. Half of the currently active members at the start of voting was 12, so the quorum was 13 for this ballot. This requirement was MET.

This ballot now enters the IP Rights Review Period to permit members to review the ballot for relevant IP rights issues.

Ballot Text

Purpose of Ballot:

This ballot clarifies the allowed HTTP status codes used for following redirects in domain validation methods 18 and 19, and specifies that the target URI must come from the final value of the Location response header.

The following motion has been proposed by Niko Carpenter of SecureTrust and endorsed by Corey Bonnell of DigiCert and Ryan Sleevi of Google.


This ballot modifies the “Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates” as defined in the following redline, based on Version 1.7.4:


This ballot proposes a Final Maintenance Guideline.

The procedure for approval of this ballot is as follows:

Discussion (7+ days)

Start Time: 16-April 2021 15:30 UTC

End Time: 23-April 2021 19:30 UTC

Vote for approval (7 days)

Start Time: 23-April 2021 19:30 UTC

End Time: 30-April 2021 19:30 UTC

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