The application/cms media type
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         S. Turner
Internet Draft                                                      IECA
Intended Status: Informational                                R. Housley
Expires: November 22, 2013                                Vigil Security
                                                               J. Schaad
                                                 Soaring Hawk Consulting
                                                            May 21, 2013

                     The application/cms media type
             draft-turner-application-cms-media-type-00.txt

Abstract

   This document registers the application/cms media types for use with
   the corresponding CMS (Cryptographic Message Syntax) content types.

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1. Introduction

   CMS (Cryptographic Message Syntax) [RFC5652] associates a content
   type identifier (OID) with a content; CMS content types have been
   widely used to define contents that can be enveloped using other CMS
   content types and to define envoloping content types some of which
   provide security services.  CMS protecting content types, those that
   provide security services, include: id-signedData [RFC5652], id-
   envelopedData [RFC5652], id-digestData [RFC5652], id-encryptedData
   [RFC5652], id-ct-authData [RFC5652], id-ct-authEnvelopedData
   [RFC5083], and id-ct-KP-encryptedKeyPkg [RFC6032].  CMS non-
   protecting content types, those that provide no security services but
   encapsulate other CMS content types, include: id-ct-contentInfo
   [RFC5652], id-compressedData [RFC3274], id-ct-contentCollection
   [RFC4073], and id-ct-contentWithAttrs [RFC4073].  Then, there are the
   inner most content types that include: id-data [RFC5652], id-ct-KP-
   aKeyPackage [RFC5958], id-ct-KP-sKeyPackage [RFC6031], id-ct-
   firmwarePackage [RFC4108], id-ct-firmwareLoadReceipt [RFC4108], id-
   ct-firmwareLoadError [RFC4108], id-ct-trustAnchorList [RFC5914], id-
   ct-KP-keyPackageReceipt [ID.housley-keypackage-receipt-n-error], and
   id-ct-KP-keyPackageError [ID.housley-keypackage-receipt-n-error].

   To support conveying CMS content types, this document defines a media
   type and parameters that indicate the enveloping and embedded CMS
   content types.

   [RFC5751] registered the application/pkc7-mime media type.  That
   document defined five optional smime-type parameters.  The smime-type
   parameter originally conveyed details about the security applied
   (signed or enveloped) to the data content type, hence signed-data and
   enveloped-data, the name of the data, and was later expanded to also
   indicate that the message was compressed, compressed-data, and that
   the message is a certs-only message.  This document does not affect
   those registrations as this document places no requirements on S/MIME
   agents.

   The registration done by the S/MIME documents was done assuming that
   there would be a mime wrapping layer around each of the different
   enveloping contents, thus there was no need to include more than one
   item in each smime-type.  This is no longer the case with some of the
   more advanced enveloping types.  Some protocols such as the CMC
   certification protocol [CMC] have defined additional S/MIME types. 
   New protocols that intend to wrap mime content should continue to
   define an smime-type string, however new protocols that intend to
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