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: March 21, 2014                                   Vigil Security
                                                               J. Schaad
                                                 Soaring Hawk Consulting
                                                      September 17, 2013

                     The application/cms media type


   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

   [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
   (Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) agents.

   The registration done by the S/MIME documents was done assuming that
   there would be a MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions)
   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 (Certificate Management over
   Cryptographic Message Syntax) [RFC5273] have defined additional
   S/MIME types.  New protocols that intend to wrap MIME content should
   continue to define a smime-type string, however new protocols that
   intend to wrap non-mime types should use this mechanism instead.

   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 enveloping content types some of which
   provide security services.  CMS protecting content types, those that
   provide security services, include: Signed Data [RFC5652], Enveloped
   Data [RFC5652], Digest Data [RFC5652], Encrypted Data [RFC5652],
   Authenticated Data [RFC5652], Authenticated Enveloped Data [RFC5083],
   and Encrypted Key Package [RFC6032].  CMS non-protecting content
   types, those that provide no security services but encapsulate other
   CMS content types, include: Content Information [RFC5652], Compressed
   Data [RFC3274], Content Collection [RFC4073], and Content With
   Attributes [RFC4073].  Then, there are the inner most content types
   that include: Data [RFC5652], Asymmetric Key Package [RFC5958],
   Symmetric Key Package [RFC6031], Firmware Package [RFC4108], Firmware
   Package Load Receipt [RFC4108], Firmware Package Load Error
   [RFC4108], Trust Anchor List [RFC5914], id-ct-KP-keyPackageReceipt
   [ID.housley-keypackage-receipt-n-error], TAMP Status Query, TAMP
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