Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) Version 3.2 Certificate Handling
RFC 5750

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Obsoletes RFC 3850
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                       B. Ramsdell
Request for Comments: 5750                              Brute Squad Labs
Obsoletes: 3850                                                S. Turner
Category: Standards Track                                           IECA
ISSN: 2070-1721                                             January 2010

   Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) Version 3.2
                          Certificate Handling

Abstract

   This document specifies conventions for X.509 certificate usage by
   Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) v3.2 agents.
   S/MIME provides a method to send and receive secure MIME messages,
   and certificates are an integral part of S/MIME agent processing.
   S/MIME agents validate certificates as described in RFC 5280, the
   Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure Certificate and CRL Profile.
   S/MIME agents must meet the certificate processing requirements in
   this document as well as those in RFC 5280.  This document obsoletes
   RFC 3850.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
      1.1. Definitions ................................................3
      1.2. Conventions Used in This Document ..........................4
      1.3. Compatibility with Prior Practice S/MIME ...................4
      1.4. Changes from S/MIME v3 to S/MIME v3.1 ......................5
      1.5. Changes since S/MIME v3.1 ..................................5
   2. CMS Options .....................................................6
      2.1. Certificate Revocation Lists ...............................6
      2.2. Certificate Choices ........................................6
      2.3. CertificateSet .............................................7
   3. Using Distinguished Names for Internet Mail .....................8
   4. Certificate Processing ..........................................9
      4.1. Certificate Revocation Lists ..............................10
      4.2. Certificate Path Validation ...............................11
      4.3. Certificate and CRL Signing Algorithms and Key Sizes ......11
      4.4. PKIX Certificate Extensions ...............................12
   5. Security Considerations ........................................15
   6. References .....................................................17
      6.1. Reference Conventions .....................................17
      6.2. Normative References ......................................17
      6.3. Informative References ....................................19
   Appendix A. Moving S/MIME v2 Certificate Handling to Historic
               Status.................................................21
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