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Trust Anchor Management Requirements
RFC 6024

Document type: RFC - Informational (October 2010; No errata)
Document stream: IETF
Last updated: 2013-03-02
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IESG State: RFC 6024 (Informational)
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          R. Reddy
Request for Comments: 6024                      National Security Agency
Category: Informational                                       C. Wallace
ISSN: 2070-1721                                       Cygnacom Solutions
                                                            October 2010

                  Trust Anchor Management Requirements

Abstract

   A trust anchor represents an authoritative entity via a public key
   and associated data.  The public key is used to verify digital
   signatures, and the associated data is used to constrain the types of
   information for which the trust anchor is authoritative.  A relying
   party uses trust anchors to determine if a digitally signed object is
   valid by verifying a digital signature using the trust anchor's
   public key, and by enforcing the constraints expressed in the
   associated data for the trust anchor.  This document describes some
   of the problems associated with the lack of a standard trust anchor
   management mechanism and defines requirements for data formats and
   push-based protocols designed to address these problems.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     1.1.  Terminology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.2.  Requirements Notation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   2.  Problem Statement  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   3.  Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     3.1.  Transport Independence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     3.2.  Basic Management Operations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.3.  Management Targets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.4.  Delegation of TA Manager Authority . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
     3.5.  RFC 5280 Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     3.6.  Support Purposes other than Certification Path
           Validation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     3.7.  Trust Anchor Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
     3.8.  Source Authentication  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
     3.9.  Reduce Reliance on Out-of-Band Trust Mechanisms  . . . . . 11
     3.10. Replay Detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     3.11. Compromise or Disaster Recovery  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
   4.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
   5.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
     5.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

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