[cabfpub] Ballot 199 - Require commonName in Root and Intermediate Certificates
gerv at mozilla.org
Tue Apr 25 08:03:23 MST 2017
*Ballot 199 - Require commonName in Root and Intermediate Certificates
*Purpose of Ballot: *Section 126.96.36.199 of the BRs, which deals with
Subject Information for Subordinate CA Certificates, currently requires
only that all information in a Subordinate CA Certificate is accurate;
it does not say what information is required. Some of the necessary
information is required elsewhere in the BRs, but it is not complete -
commonName is missing. If commonName is omitted, DN clashes can more
easily occur. So this motion centralises that information in the obvious
place, and adds a commonName requirement.
The following motion has been proposed by Gervase Markham of Mozilla and
endorsed by Patrick Tronnier of OATI and Ryan Sleevi of Google:
-- MOTION BEGINS --
Make the following changes to the Baseline Requirements:
* Delete 188.8.131.52 (e), which currently defines the Subject Information required in a Root CA Certificate.
* Delete 184.108.40.206 (h), which currently defines the Subject Information required in a Subordinate CA Certificate.
* Rename section 220.127.116.11, currently titled "Subject Information", to "Subject Information - Subscriber Certificates".
* Rename section 18.104.22.168, currently titled "Subject Information - Subordinate CA Certificates" to "Subject Information - Root Certificates and Subordinate CA Certificates".
* Based on the style used in 22.214.171.124.2 and the content from the now-deleted 126.96.36.199 (e) and 188.8.131.52 (h), add the following section 184.108.40.206.1:
220.127.116.11.1 Subject Distinguished Name Fields
Certificate Field: subject:commonName (OID 18.104.22.168)
Contents: This field MUST be present and the contents MUST be an identifier
for the certificate such that the certificate's Name is unique across all
certificates issued by the issuing certificate.
b. Certificate Field: subject:organizationName (OID 22.214.171.124)
Contents: This field MUST be present and the contents MUST contain
either the Subject CA’s name or DBA as verified under Section 126.96.36.199.
The CA may include information in this field that differs slightly from
the verified name, such as common variations or abbreviations, provided
that the CA documents the difference and any abbreviations used are
locally accepted abbreviations; e.g., if the official record shows
“Company Name Incorporated”, the CA MAY use “Company Name Inc.” or
c. Certificate Field: subject:countryName (OID: 188.8.131.52)
Contents: This field MUST contain the two‐letter ISO 3166‐1 country code
for the country in which the CA’s place of business is located.
-- MOTION ENDS --
The procedure for approval of this Final Maintenance Guideline ballot is
as follows (exact start and end times may be adjusted to comply with
applicable Bylaws and IPR Agreement):
Status: Final Maintenance Guideline
Start time (23:00 UTC)
End time (23:00 UTC)
Discussion (7 to 14 days)
Vote for approval (7 days)
If vote approves ballot: Review Period (Chair to send Review Notice) (30
If Exclusion Notice(s) filed, ballot approval is rescinded and PAG to be
If no Exclusion Notices filed, ballot becomes effective at end of Review
Upon filing of Review Notice by Chair
30 days after filing of Review Notice by Chair
>From Bylaw 2.3: If the Draft Guideline Ballot is proposing a Final
Maintenance Guideline, such ballot will include a redline or comparison
showing the set of changes from the Final Guideline section(s) intended
to become a Final Maintenance Guideline, and need not include a copy of
the full set of guidelines. Such redline or comparison shall be made
against the Final Guideline section(s) as they exist at the time a
ballot is proposed, and need not take into consideration other ballots
that may be proposed subsequently, except as provided in Bylaw Section
Votes must be cast by posting an on-list reply to this thread on the
Public list. A vote in favor of the motion must indicate a clear 'yes'
in the response. A vote against must indicate a clear 'no' in the
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response. Unclear responses will not be counted. The latest vote
received from any representative of a voting member before the close of
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In order for the motion to be adopted, two thirds or more of the votes
cast by members in the CA category and greater than 50% of the votes
cast by members in the browser category must be in favor. Quorum is
shown on CA/Browser Forum wiki. Under Bylaw 2.2(g), at least the
required quorum number must participate in the ballot for the ballot to
be valid, either by voting in favor, voting against, or abstaining.
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