Using Trust Anchor Constraints during Certification Path Processing
RFC 5937

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        S. Ashmore
Request for Comments: 5937                      National Security Agency
Category: Informational                                       C. Wallace
ISSN: 2070-1721                                       Cygnacom Solutions
                                                             August 2010

  Using Trust Anchor Constraints during Certification Path Processing

Abstract

   This document describes how to use information associated with a
   trust anchor public key when validating certification paths.  This
   information can be used to constrain the usage of a trust anchor.
   Typically, constraints are used to limit the certificate policies and
   names that can appear in certification paths validated using a trust
   anchor.

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
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
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   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
      1.1. Terminology ................................................3
   2. Identifying Trust Anchor Constraints ............................3
   3. Using Trust Anchor Constraints during Certification Path
      Processing ......................................................4
      3.1. Inputs .....................................................4
      3.2. Initialization .............................................4
      3.3. Basic Certificate Processing ...............................6
      3.4. Preparation for Certificate i+1 ............................6
      3.5. Wrap-Up Procedure ..........................................6
   4. Relationship to RFC 5280 ........................................6
   5. Security Considerations .........................................7
   6. References ......................................................7
      6.1. Normative References .......................................7
      6.2. Informative References .....................................7

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1.  Introduction

   Trust anchors are widely used to verify digital signatures and
   validate certification paths [RFC5280] [X.509].  They are required
   when validating certification paths.  The Trust Anchor Format (TAF)
   specification [RFC5914] defines a means for limiting the scope in
   which a trust anchor may be used.  [RFC5280] describes how to
   validate a certification path.  The algorithm requires processing the
   name and key from a trust anchor.  Usage of other information,
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