I have just noticed in doing some re-writes on the CMC draft in the PKIX
group that it also refers to "certs-only". I don't know if there are
other RFC's that might also do this. I think that this might be a good
reason to revert back.
[mailto:owner-ietf-smime(_at_)mail(_dot_)imc(_dot_)org] On Behalf Of Blake
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 11:25 AM
To: jimsch(_at_)exmsft(_dot_)com; ietf-smime(_at_)imc(_dot_)org
Subject: Re: Change from "cert-only" in RFC2633-bis-01
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Schaad" <jimsch(_at_)nwlink(_dot_)com>
To: <ietf-smime(_at_)imc(_dot_)org>; "'Blake Ramsdell'"
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2002 7:22 PM
Subject: Change from "cert-only" in RFC2633-bis-01
I think that there may be a major problem in making this change.
1. You need to have a backwards compability section
describing what the
old "certs-only" smime-type is and what it does.
From draft-ietf-smime-rfc2633bis-01.txt section 3.6:
Please note that in prior versions of S/MIME, the smime-type parameter
was set to "certs-only" for messages that contained only certificates
and/or certificate revocation lists. The new use of "cert-management"
is meant to clarify the semantic that both certificates and
certificate revocation lists might be found in these messages.
Receiving implementations SHOULD accept "certs-only" and
"cert-management" and treat them equivalently (that is, both could
contain certificates and/or certificate revocation lists).
Please let me know what other clarification would be useful
here -- indeed this is something to be careful of if we
change this smime-type.
2. I dislike the term cert-management, because you are not doing
certificate managmement. A better term would be cert-distribution.
And I'll further complain that "it distributes CRLs as well
as certs". This might end up being an interesting rathole.
Well, "interesting" as far as ratholes go, that is ;).
Personally I have no problem with leaving this smime-type as is.
Me neither. Maybe this should change back to "certs-only"
and we focus on clarifying the generation / processing of the
data rather than changing the smime-type.