CBOR Object Signing and Encryption (COSE): Headers for carrying and referencing X.509 certificates
draft-ietf-cose-x509-01

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Network Working Group                                          J. Schaad
Internet-Draft                                            August Cellars
Intended status: Informational                            March 11, 2019
Expires: September 12, 2019

  CBOR Object Signing and Encryption (COSE): Headers for carrying and
                     referencing X.509 certificates
                        draft-ietf-cose-x509-01

Abstract

   The CBOR Signing And Encrypted Message (COSE) structure syntax uses
   the COSE Key structure for placing keys in a message.  This document
   extends the way that keys can be identified and transported by
   providing attributes that refer to or contain X.509 certificates.

Contributing to this document

   The source for this draft is being maintained in GitHub.  Suggested
   changes should be submitted as pull requests at <https://github.com/
   cose-wg/X509>.  Instructions are on that page as well.  Editorial
   changes can be managed in GitHub, but any substantial issues need to
   be discussed on the COSE mailing list.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.1.  Requirements Terminology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.2.  Open Questions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  X.509 COSE Headers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  X.509 certificates and static-static ECDH . . . . . . . . . .   6
   4.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.1.  COSE Header Parameter Registry  . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.2.  COSE Header Algorithm Parameter Registry  . . . . . . . .   8
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   6.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     6.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     6.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9

1.  Introduction

   In the process of writing [RFC8152] discussions where held on the
   question of X.509 certificates [RFC5280] and if there was a needed to
   provide for them.  At the time there were no use cases presented that
   appeared to have a sufficient need for these attributes.  Since that
   time a number of cases where X.509 certificate support is necessary
   have been defined.  This document provides a set of attributes that
   will allow applications to transport and refer to X.509 certificates
   in a consistent manner.

   Some of the constrained device situations are being used where an
   X.509 PKI is already installed.  One of these situations is the 6tish
   environment for enrollment of devices where the certificates are
   installed at the factory.  The [I-D.selander-ace-cose-ecdhe] draft
   was also written with the idea that long term certificates could be
   used to provide for authentication of devices and uses them to
   establish session keys.  A final scenario is the use of COSE as a
   messaging application where long term existence of keys can be used
   along with a central authentication authority.  The use of
   certificates in this scenario allows for key management to be used
   which is well understood.

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