I am unclear, do you believe that an encrypted signed-receipt should have an
smime-type of signed-receipt then?
[mailto:owner-ietf-smime(_at_)mail(_dot_)imc(_dot_)org]On Behalf Of Blake
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2001 10:54 AM
To: 'jimsch(_at_)exmsft(_dot_)com'; Ietf-Smime (E-mail)
Subject: RE: SMIME-TYPE question
To tell you the truth, I've never liked smime-type, and it
wasn't my doing.
I think that lgl put this in.
If I had to take a stab at it, I would characterize it as
being a shortcut
hint to present to the client, and if it is inaccurate, it
should have no
effect on processing. So if you wanted to provide an icon to
message type, without tearing through the contents, this
would be your boy.
Now, I think that only RFC2633 profiles any smime-type (with
of signed-receipt in ESS). If I had to summarize what went
in the value and
when to change the value, I would say "whenever there is
I think that the micalg parameter in RFC1847 is in somewhat
the same boat --
it's meant to be a hint, the values aren't really well
specified, and you
just expect the worst and work it out in processing.
From: Jim Schaad [mailto:jimsch5(_at_)home(_dot_)com]
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2001 1:40 AM
To: Ietf-Smime (E-mail)
Subject: SMIME-TYPE question
I have a general question that I once knew the answer for but
am no longer
sure that is the case.
The SMIME-TYPE attribute was defined so that a mime-level
have some idea of the content type without having to pull
apart the message
and look at the contentHint attribute or the innermost
eContent. (Or at
least that is what I remember it as being for.) This being
the case, what
is the correct value of smime-type on a triple wrapped message with a
signedReceipt as the content? It is signed-data or
the answer change if the inner mime-layers were to be omitted
the X.400 case).
Does the answer change if you have an encrypted receipt (i.e.
What is the correct value of smime-type now? signedReceipt or
encrypted-data? Again does the answer change if the mime
layer were to be
Signed-receipt means that the top level processor knows what
is going to
happen before it gets there and can make intellegent decisions.
Signed-Data is "correct" because the encapsulated content
contained in this
SignedData object is id-data or MIME content.
NOTE: For the simple case of data (or MIME) content the question is
accedemic as signed-data and encrypted-data both imply data content.
My original answer was the the correct answer is that
be propigated up over all of the layers, but I don't find any
about this in either the message or ESS RFCs.