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Re: 3850bis and 3851bis: proposed changes to cryptographic key sizes

2009-01-05 22:26:55

On Jan 5, 2009, at 5:05 PM, Paul Hoffman wrote:

At 4:24 PM -0500 1/5/09, Tim Polk wrote:
I have had some private discussions with one of the authors (Sean), and we have collaborated on some language that would reflect that discussion. However, I understand that this was a sensitive and somewhat controversial topic on the working group list. I would like the working group to review the proposed RFC Editor Notes for 3850bis and 3851bis, and confirm that these changes are acceptable given the feedback received from the wider Internet community. That is, please consider whether the proposed new text addresses the working group's concerns given that the minimum strength of the mandatory to implements need to be raised.

The new ranges and new text work for me.

What does *not* work for me is this being done as an RFC Editor note. It should be done instead as a new draft before IESG consideration so the whole IETF community can see the changes. The IETF is supposed to be working on transparency, and keeping these out of the Internet Draft hurts that effort.

I have to agree, these changes are too substantial to be buried in an RFC Editor Note while it sits in queue. It is a nice format to frame the discussion, though. If the working group is happy, I will ask the editors for new drafts before I request an approval announcement.