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Ballot SC62v2-Certificate profiles update

Voting Results

Certificate Issuers

30 votes total, with no abstentions:

  • 30 Issuers voting YES: Fastly, iTrusChina, HARICA, Certinomis, OISTE, SSL.COM, eMudhra, GoDaddy, Actalis, Digicert, GlobalSign, JPRS, Entrust, NAVER, SwissSign, Certum, Tubitak Kamu, Telia, Izenpe, VikingCloud, Let’s Encrypt, SECOM, e-Tugra, GDCA, Chunghwa Telecom, Buypass, CFCA, Disig, Sectigo, Amazon
  • 0 Issuers voting NO
  • 0 Issuers ABSTAIN

Certificate Consumers

3 votes total, with no abstentions:

  • 3 Consumers voting YES: Google, Mozilla, Apple
  • 0 Consumers voting NO
  • 0 Consumers ABSTAIN

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Ballot Contents

Purpose of Ballot SC-062 V2

Over the past three years, members of the Server Certificate Working Group Validation Subcommittee have collaborated on an update to the Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates focused on improving the clarity of Section 7 (“Certificate, CRL, and OCSP Profiles”).

The update:

  1. better aligns certificate content expectations across certificate issuers and consumers,
  2. reduces the opportunity for confusion resulting from the absence of a more precise certificate profile specification, and
  3. promotes more consistent and reliable implementations across the ecosystem.

While most of the proposed updates focus on Section 7, changes were not limited to only this section.

Technical discussion related to the proposed changes, along with high-level change summaries have been documented in:

  • open GitHub pull requests (originally here, and more recently here),
  • several closed GitHub pull requests made against the “profiles” branch of the servercert GitHub repository (most recently here), and
  • Validation Subcommittee meeting minutes (to include sessions held at Face-to-Face meetings).

Due to a small number of changes proposed in the ballot that is otherwise focused on clarifying existing requirements, an “all-encompassing” effective date makes these changes normative beginning 2023-09-15.

The following motion has been proposed by Ryan Dickson of Google and endorsed by Clint Wilson of Apple and Dimitris Zacharopoulos of HARICA.

Motion Begins

This ballot modifies the “Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates” (“Baseline Requirements”), based on Version 1.8.6.


  • Upon beginning discussion for SC-62 V2 on 2/17, Version 1.8.6 was the latest approved version of the BRs. During the discussion period, the SC-61 V4 vote was approved, incrementing the soon to be latest version of the BRs to 1.8.7. These changes are in the process of being merged into the main Github repository.
  • The changes introduced in SC-62 V2 do not conflict with those added in SC-61 V4.
  • As observed with other ballots in the past, minor administrative updates must be made to the proposed ballot text before publication such that the appropriate Version # and Change History are accurately represented (e.g., to indicate these changes will be represented in Version 1.8.8).

MODIFY the Baseline Requirements as specified in the following Redline:

Motion Ends

This ballot proposes a Final Maintenance Guideline. The procedure for approval of this ballot is as follows:

Discussion (11+ days)

  • Start time: 2023-02-17 19:00:00 UTC
  • End time: 2023-03-09 18:59:00 UTC

Vote for approval (7 days)

  • Start time: 2023-03-09 19:00:00 UTC
  • End time: 2023-03-16 19:00:00 UTC

Ballot Status

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

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