The PKCS#11 URI Scheme
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Network Working Group                                        J. Pechanec
Internet-Draft                                                 D. Moffat
Intended status: Standards Track                      Oracle Corporation
Expires: January 10, 2014                                  July 09, 2013

                         The PKCS#11 URI Scheme
                      draft-pechanec-pkcs11uri-11

Abstract

   This memo specifies a PKCS#11 Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)
   Scheme for identifying PKCS#11 objects stored in PKCS#11 tokens, for
   identifying PKCS#11 tokens themselves, or for identifying PKCS#11
   libraries.  The URI is based on how PKCS#11 objects, tokens, and
   libraries are identified in the PKCS#11 Cryptographic Token Interface
   Standard.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Contributors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  PKCS#11 URI Scheme Definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.1.  PKCS#11 URI Scheme Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.2.  PKCS#11 URI Scheme Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.3.  PKCS#11 URI Scheme Syntax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     3.4.  PKCS#11 URI Comparison  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   4.  Examples of PKCS#11 URIs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   5.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   7.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     7.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     7.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11

1.  Introduction

   The PKCS #11: Cryptographic Token Interface Standard [pkcs11_spec]
   specifies an API, called Cryptoki, for devices which hold
   cryptographic information and perform cryptographic functions.
   Cryptoki, pronounced crypto-key and short for cryptographic token
   interface, follows a simple object-based approach, addressing the
   goals of technology independence (any kind of device may be used) and
   resource sharing (multiple applications may access multiple devices),
   presenting applications with a common, logical view of the device - a
   cryptographic token.

   It is desirable for applications or libraries that work with PKCS#11
   tokens to accept a common identifier that consumers could use to
   identify an existing PKCS#11 object in a PKCS#11 token, an existing
   token itself, or an existing Cryptoki library.  The set of object
   types that can be stored in a PKCS#11 token includes a public key, a
   private key, a certificate, a secret key, and a data object.  These
   objects can be uniquely identifiable via the PKCS#11 URI scheme
   defined in this document.  The set of attributes describing an object
   can contain an object label, its type, and its ID.  The set of

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