Automated Certificate Management Environment (acme)

WG Name Automated Certificate Management Environment
Acronym acme
Area Security Area (sec)
State Active
Charter charter-ietf-acme-01 Approved
Status Update Show update (last changed 2016-11-16)
Dependencies Document dependency graph (SVG)
Additional URLs Wiki
Issue tracker
Personnel Chairs Rich Salz
Yoav Nir
Area Director Kathleen Moriarty
Mailing list Address acme@ietf.org
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Charter for Working Group

Historically, issuance of certificates for Internet applications
(e.g., web servers) has involved many manual identity validation steps
by the certification authority (CA). The ACME WG will specify
conventions for automated X.509 certificate management, including
validation of control over an identifier, certificate issuance,
certificate renewal, and certificate revocation. The initial focus of
the ACME WG will be on domain name certificates (as used by web
servers), but other uses of certificates can be considered as work
progresses.

ACME certificate management must allow the CA to verify, in an
automated manner, that the party requesting a certificate has authority
over the requested identifiers, including the subject and subject
alternative names. The processing must also confirm that the requesting
party has access to the private key that corresponds to the public key
that will appear in the certificate. All of the processing must be done
in a manner that is compatible with common service deployment
environments, such as hosting environments.

ACME certificate management must, in an automated manner, allow an
authorized party to request revocation of a certificate.

The ACME working group is specifying ways to automate certificate
issuance, validation, revocation and renewal. The ACME working
group is not reviewing or producing certificate policies or
practices.

The starting point for ACME WG discussions shall be draft-barnes-acme.

Milestones

Date Milestone
Mar 2016 Submit working group draft to IESG as Proposed Standard
Aug 2015 Initial working group draft