Asymmetric Key Packages
RFC 5958

 
Document Type RFC - Proposed Standard (August 2010; Errata)
Obsoletes RFC 5208
Was draft-turner-asymmetrickeyformat (individual in sec area)
Last updated 2013-03-02
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         S. Turner
Request for Comments: 5958                                          IECA
Obsoletes: 5208                                              August 2010
Category: Standards Track
ISSN: 2070-1721

                        Asymmetric Key Packages

Abstract

   This document defines the syntax for private-key information and a
   content type for it.  Private-key information includes a private key
   for a specified public-key algorithm and a set of attributes.  The
   Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS), as defined in RFC 5652, can be
   used to digitally sign, digest, authenticate, or encrypt the
   asymmetric key format content type.  This document obsoletes RFC
   5208.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   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 Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further
   information on Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of
   RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any
   errata, and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5958.

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1.  Introduction

   This document defines the syntax for private-key information and a
   Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) [RFC5652] content type for it.
   Private-key information includes a private key for a specified
   public-key algorithm and a set of attributes.  The CMS can be used to
   digitally sign, digest, authenticate, or encrypt the asymmetric key
   format content type.  This document obsoletes PKCS #8 v1.2 [RFC5208].

1.1.  Requirements Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

1.2.  ASN.1 Syntax Notation

   The key package is defined using ASN.1 [X.680], [X.681], [X.682], and
   [X.683].

1.3.  Summary of Updates to RFC 5208

   The following summarizes the updates to [RFC5208]:

   - Changed the name "PrivateKeyInfo" to "OneAsymmetricKey".  This
     reflects the addition of the publicKey field to allow both parts of
     the asymmetric key to be conveyed separately.  Not all algorithms
     will use both fields; however, the publicKey field was added for
     completeness.

   - Defined Asymmetric Key Package CMS content type.

   - Removed redundant IMPLICIT from attributes.

   - Added publicKey to OneAsymmetricKey and updated the version number.

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   - Added that PKCS #9 attributes may be supported.

   - Added discussion of compatibility with other private-key formats.

   - Added requirements for encoding rule set.

   - Changed imports from PKCS #5 to [RFC5912] and [RFC5911].
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