[cabf_validation] Proposal for Adding RDAP

Wayne Thayer wthayer at mozilla.com
Mon Apr 30 17:10:26 MST 2018

If there are no comments on this, are two members willing to endorse the

On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 8:30 PM, Wayne Thayer <wthayer at mozilla.com> wrote:

> The BRs as currently written use the term WHOIS in a number of places
> without defining it. This creates ambiguity over the use of RDAP, the
> successor protocol to WHOIS. There are a few ways to fix this - I propose
> we simply add a definition for WHOIS that expressly includes RDAP. Here is
> the proposed language:
> This ballot modifies the “Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and
> Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates” as follows, based upon Version
> 1.5.6:
> In section 1.6.1, add the following definition:
> WHOIS: the protocol defined in RFC 3912, the Registry Data Access Protocol
> defined in RFC 7482, or an HTTPS website operated by a Domain Name
> Registrar or registry operator that provides the same information.
> Does the inclusion of a 'website operated by a Registry or Registrar'
> create issues? I believe that it is common practice for CAs to use sites
> like https://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp or
> https://www.nominet.uk/whois/, but I don't recall ever discussing the use
> of websites that put a UI on top of port 43 queries.
> Also, are there features of RDAP such as authentication that we SHOULD or
> MUST require?
> Thanks,
> Wayne
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