Easy-to-Use Certificates (easycert) Concluded WG

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WG Name Easy-to-Use Certificates
Acronym easycert
Area Security Area (sec)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-easycert-01 Approved
Dependencies Document dependency graph (SVG)
Personnel Chairs Russ Housley
Steven Bellovin

Charter for Working Group

Public key technology -- certificates, the associated private keys,
PKIs, etc. -- are hard to use and hard to deploy. Some of that is
merely perception, of course, but some of it is reality. The question
for this BoF, and a possible future working group is this: what can
the IETF do to make life easier? Some hardware technologies may help,
but of course the IETF doesn't develop such things. On the other hand,
if we think they're part of the solution, some BCP we write can say so.

We assume that we're not missing any crucial over-the-wire protocols --
though if we are, they'd be prime candidates for IETF work.
Accordingly, an easycert working group would be charged with writing a
few BCPs and possibly Informational RFCs. So -- what are the titles
of some such RFCs? If you're a service provider (for any sort of
service -- ISP, web site, ecommerce, etc.), what sort of advice should
the IETF give you? The vendors you buy from? Software developers?

The specific goal of the BoF is to figure out what the IETF can do.
The desired outcome is a set of major charter points, including the
titles of some RFCs we'd produce.


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