3 Nov 1997 16:02
FW: [fwd] RSA Seeks To Establish Internet Encryption Standard
Rik Drummond <drummond <at> onramp.net>
1997-11-03 15:02:32 GMT
1997-11-03 15:02:32 GMT
FYI on RSA and SMIME -----Original Message----- From: Paul Hoffman / IMC [SMTP:paulh <at> imc.org] Sent: Sunday, November 02, 1997 9:15 PM To: ietf <at> ietf.org Subject: Re: [fwd] RSA Seeks To Establish Internet Encryption Standard At 04:07 PM 11/2/97 -0500, Paul Ferguson wrote: >And exactly to whom did RSA 'formally apply' and in what >context? The Educom article quoted simply repeated the words RSADSI used in their press release that they put out on Friday. The press release on which the article was based can be seen at <http://www.rsa.com/smimelive/html/9710311.html>. The press release is flat-out wrong. RSADSI has not formally applied for anything. S/MIME has not been submitted as a standard. The status of the S/MIME work is: - S/MIME v2 will be submitted as an informational RFC soon (in IETF time, meaning hopefully next week, but could be next month). The S/MIME v2 drafts describe the current commercial practice for S/MIME, and are not believed to be able to get on standards track because they require the use of RSA signatures and support for weak encryption. - The first Internet Drafts of S/MIME v3 have just been submitted this week. The editors of these drafts, none of whom work for RSA, intend for these drafts to be able to get on standards track. - A charter for an S/MIME Working Group was submitted to Jeff Schiller, the area director for security, and will hopefully be considered by the IESG at their meeting this week. RSA did not submit the charter. The purpose of the WG will be to create standards track documents for S/MIME 3 and to coordinate with the OpenPGP Working Group where appropriate. - A long-standing mailing list has been discussing the S/MIME v2 drafts and is just now starting to discuss the S/MIME v3 drafts. You can subscribe to this list by sending a message to "ietf-smime-request <at> imc.org" with just the word "subscribe" in the body of the message. Please note that this list is for discussing the S/MIME drafts in the context of the IETF, not for talking about the business practices of RSADSI, which are irrelevant for S/MIME v3. More information on the mailing list, including a comlete archive, can be found at <http://www.imc.org/ietf-smime/>.