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Internet Draft                                 Author:  Blake Ramsdell,
draft-ietf-smime-v31cert-00.txt                Tumbleweed Communications
November 17, 2000
Expires May 17, 2001

            S/MIME Version 3.1 Certificate Profile Addendum

Status of this memo

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1. Overview

In light of the expiration of the primary RSA patent, it is proposed
that the RSA algorithm replace the DSS and Diffie-Hellman as the MUST
implement algorithms in the S/MIME profile. This draft will describe
only the proposed changes to the S/MIME Version 3 Certificate Handling
RFC [SMIMEV3CERT], and the rest of that RFC will remain identical.

1.1 Terminology

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
document are to be interpreted as described in [MUSTSHOULD].

1.2 Discussion of This Draft

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2. Changes to the S/MIME Version 3 Certificate Handling RFC

The following changes to are proposed to [SMIMEV3CERT]:

1. Section 4.3 is replaced with the following:

     4.3 Certificate and CRL Signing Algorithms

     Certificates and Certificate-Revocation Lists (CRLs) are
     signed by the certificate issuer. A receiving agent MUST be
     capable of verifying the signatures on certificates and CRLs
     made with md2WithRSAEncryption, md5WithRSAEncryption and sha-
     1WithRSAEncryption signature algorithms with key sizes from
     512 bits to 2048 bits described in [PKCS#1V2].

     A receiving agent MAY be capable of verifying the signatures
     on certificates and CRLs made with id-dsa-with-sha1 [DSS].

3. Security Considerations

The security considerations are the same as for [SMIMEV3CERT].  <tbd>
Insert text about PKCS #1 v1.5 problems.

A. References

[SMIMEV3CERT] "S/MIME Version 3 Certificate Handling", RFC 2632

[DSS] NIST FIPS PUB 186, "Digital Signature Standard", 18 May 1994.

[MUSTSHOULD] "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement
Levels", RFC 2119

[PKCS#1V2], "PKCS #1: RSA Cryptography Specifications Version 2.0",
RFC 2437

B. Acknowledgements


C. Changes from last draft

Changed name to put it in the working group, as opposed to an
individual submission.

Added placeholder text to section 3 explaining problems with PKCS #1

D. AuthorÆs address

Blake Ramsdell
Tumbleweed Communications
17720 NE 65th St Ste 201
Redmond, WA 98052
+1 425 376 0225

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