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Concluded WG Secure Internet Key Distribution (siked)

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WG Name Secure Internet Key Distribution
Acronym siked
Area Operations and Management Area (ops)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-siked-01 Approved
Document dependencies
Personnel Chairs Edward P. Lewis, Jacob Schlyter
Mailing list Address

Final Charter for Working Group


Secure Internet Key Distribution (SIKED)

This effort has a goal of understanding and possibly defining a
or set of practices for supplying public keys to elements of other
protocols. The rationale for this goal is to enable
security-enhancements of existing protocols. Keying material must be
dynamically refreshed to maintain secure states, one of the stumbling
blocks in making security work is the distribution and refresh of this

The general problem of key management is beyond the scope of this
effort. For example, the generation and derivation of keys are beyond
scope, as well as the encoding of keys, whether raw or in certificates,
is beyond the scope of this effort. Determing a generic approach to
trust is also out of scope. The effort is strictly looking at how key
distribution can be made to scale on the Internet.

The effort will begin with a few distinct efforts, with the early goal
of a requirements document. The first actions of the effort are to
understand the various protocols that can benefit from a distribution
keys, and how this interacts with the each protocol as the protocol is
currently defined. In addition, a few proposed approaches will be
explored, as well as documentation of limitations on proposed

There is no guarantee that there is one and only one approach to key
distribution. There are already divergent approaches and this effort
not going to argue with them.