[cabfpub] Ballot 185 - Limiting the Lifetime of Certificates

Ryan Sleevi sleevi at google.com
Thu Feb 9 14:08:21 MST 2017


This is the start of the discussion period for this Ballot, consistent with
the Bylaws as approved in Ballot 183, but not yet published (see
https://cabforum.org/pipermail/public/2017-January/009372.html ). Please
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Ballot 185 - Limiting the Lifetime of Certificates

The following motion has been proposed by Ryan Sleevi of Google, Inc and
endorsed by Josh Aas of ISRG and Gervase Markham of Mozilla to introduce
new Final Maintenance Guidelines for the "Baseline Requirements Certificate
Policy for the Issuance and Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates"
and the "Guidelines for the Issuance and Management of Extended Validation
Certificates"

-- MOTION BEGINS --
Modify Section 6.3.2 of the "Baseline Requirements Certificate Policy for
the Issuance and Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates" as follows:

Replace Section 6.3.2, which reads as follows:
"""
6.3.2. Certificate Operational Periods and Key Pair Usage Periods

Subscriber Certificates issued after the Effective Date MUST have a
Validity Period no greater than 60 months.
Except as provided for below, Subscriber Certificates issued after 1 April
2015 MUST have a Validity Period
no greater than 39 months.

Until 30 June 2016, CAs MAY continue to issue Subscriber Certificates with
a Validity Period greater than 39
months but not greater than 60 months provided that the CA documents that
the Certificate is for a system or
software that:
(a) was in use prior to the Effective Date;
(b) is currently in use by either the Applicant or a substantial number of
Relying Parties;
(c) fails to operate if the Validity Period is shorter than 60 months;
(d) does not contain known security risks to Relying Parties; and
(e) is difficult to patch or replace without substantial economic outlay
"""

with the following text:
"""
6.3.2. Certificate Operational Periods and Key Pair Usage Periods

Subscriber Certificates issued on or after 1 May 2017 MUST NOT have a
Validity Period greater than three hundred and ninety-eight (398) days.

Subscriber Certificates issued prior to 1 May 2017 MUST NOT have a Validity
Period greater than thirty-nine (39) months.
"""

Modify Section 9.4 of the "Guidelines for the Issuance and Management of
Extended Validation Certificates" as follows:

Replace Section 9.4, which reads as follows:
"""
9.4. Maximum Validity Period For EV Certificate

The validity period for an EV Certificate SHALL NOT exceed twenty seven
months. It is RECOMMENDED that EV
Subscriber Certificates have a maximum validity period of twelve months.
"""

with the following text:
""""
9.4 Maximum Validity Period for EV Certificate

EV Certificates issued on or after 1 May 2017 MUST NOT have a Validity
Period greater than three hundred and ninety-eight (398) days.

EV Certificates issued prior to 1 May 2017 MUST NOT have a Validity Period
greater than twenty seven (27) months.
"""
-- MOTION ENDS --

Ballot 185 - Limiting the Lifetime of Certificates
Status: Final Maintenance Guideline

Review Period:
Start Time: 2017-02-10 00:00:00 UTC
End Time: 2017-02-17 00:00:00 UTC

Vote for Approval:
Start Time: 2017-02-17 00:00:00 UTC
End Time: 2017-02-24 00:00:00 UTC

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