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I-D ACTION:draft-ietf-smime-rfc2632bis-02.txt



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This draft is a work item of the S/MIME Mail Security Working Group of the IETF.

	Title		: S/MIME Version 3.1 Certificate Handling
	Author(s)	: B. Ramsdell
	Filename	: draft-ietf-smime-rfc2632bis-02.txt
	Pages		: 0
	Date		: 2002-11-4
	
S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions), described in
[SMIME-MSG], provides a method to send and receive secure MIME
messages. Before using a public key to provide security services, the
S/MIME agent MUST certify that the public key is valid. S/MIME agents
MUST use PKIX certificates to validate public keys as described in the
Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure (PKIX) Certificate and CRL
Profile [KEYM]. S/MIME agents MUST meet the certificate processing
requirements documented in this document in addition to those stated
in [KEYM].
This specification is compatible with the Cryptographic Message Syntax
[CMS] in that it uses the data types defined by CMS. It also inherits
all the varieties of architectures for certificate-based key
management supported by CMS.

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