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Network Working Group                                        S. Chokhani
Request for Comments: 3647                Orion Security Solutions, Inc.
Obsoletes: 2527                                                  W. Ford
Category: Informational                                   VeriSign, Inc.
                                                               R. Sabett
                                                      Cooley Godward LLP
                                                              C. Merrill
                                                 McCarter & English, LLP
                                                                   S. Wu
                                                        Infoliance, Inc.
                                                           November 2003


                Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure
        Certificate Policy and Certification Practices Framework

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2003).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This document presents a framework to assist the writers of
   certificate policies or certification practice statements for
   participants within public key infrastructures, such as certification
   authorities, policy authorities, and communities of interest that
   wish to rely on certificates.  In particular, the framework provides
   a comprehensive list of topics that potentially (at the writer's
   discretion) need to be covered in a certificate policy or a
   certification practice statement.  This document supersedes RFC 2527.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
       1.1.  Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
       1.2.  Purpose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
       1.3.  Scope. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   2.  Definitions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   3.  Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
       3.1.  Certificate Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
       3.2.  Certificate Policy Examples. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
       3.3.  X.509 Certificate Fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12



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