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Re: WG Last Call: draft-ietf-smime-symkeydist-04.txt

2001-08-21 09:21:04


I believe that the publication of this draft resolves all of the issues that we raise in WG Last Call. To that end, I plan to send it forward to the Security Area Directors unless someone posts a relevant objection today.

A New Internet-Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts directories. This draft is a work item of the S/MIME Mail Security Working Group of the IETF.

        Title           : S/MIME Symmetric Key Management and Distribution
        Author(s)       : S. Turner
        Filename        : draft-ietf-smime-symkeydist-06.txt
        Pages           : 75
        Date            : 20-Aug-01

This document describes a mechanism to manage (i.e., setup,
distribute, and rekey) keys used with symmetric cryptographic
algorithms. Also defined herein is a mechanism to organize users
into groups to support distribution of encrypted content using
symmetric cryptographic algorithms. The mechanisms use the
Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) protocol [2] and Certificate
Management Message over CMS (CMC) protocol [3] to manage the
symmetric keys. Any member of the group can then later use this
distributed shared key to decrypt other CMS encrypted objects with
the symmetric key. This mechanism has been developed to support
S/MIME Mail List Agents (MLAs).


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