2.6.7 Simple Public Key Infrastructure (spki)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 41st IETF Meeting in Los Angeles, California. It may now be out-of-date. Last Modified: 12-Feb-98


Steve Bellovin <smb@research.att.com>
Perry Metzger <perry@piermont.com>

Security Area Director(s):

Jeffrey Schiller <jis@mit.edu>

Security Area Advisor:

Jeffrey Schiller <jis@mit.edu>

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Description of Working Group:

Many Internet protocols and applications which use the Internet employ public key technology for security purposes and require a public key infrastructure to manage public keys.

The task of the working group will be to develop Internet standards for an IETF sponsored public key certificate format, associated signature and other formats, and key acquisition protocols. The key certificate format and associated protocols are to be simple to understand, implement, and use. For purposes of the working group, the resulting formats and protocols are to be known as the Simple Public Key Infrastructure, or SPKI.

The SPKI is intended to provide mechanisms to support security in a wide range of internet applications, including IPSEC protocols, encrypted electronic mail and WWW documents, payment protocols, and any other application which will require the use of public key certificates and the ability to access them. It is intended that the Simple Public Key Infrastructure will support a range of trust models.

Goals and Milestones:

Feb 97


Submit initial requirements document as an Internet-Draft.

Mar 97


Submit initial specification as an Internet-Draft.

Apr 97


Meet at Memphis IETF.

May 97


Submit SPKI specifications to IESG for publication as an RFC.


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