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PKCS 10: Certification Request Syntax Version 1.5 (RFC2314) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002880D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 7 page(s) / 15K

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B. Kaliski: AUTHOR


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Network Working Group B. Kaliski

Request for Comments: 2314 RSA Laboratories East

Category: Informational March 1998

PKCS #10: Certification Request Syntax

Version 1.5

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 (1998). All Rights Reserved.


This document describes a syntax for certification requests.

1. Scope

A certification request consists of a distinguished name, a public

key, and optionally a set of attributes, collectively signed by the

entity requesting certification. Certification requests are sent to a

certification authority, who transforms the request to an X.509

public-key certificate, or a PKCS #6 extended certificate. (In what

form the certification authority returns the newly signed certificate

is outside the scope of this document. A PKCS #7 message is one


The intention of including a set of attributes is twofold: to provide

other information about a given entity, such as the postal address to

which the signed certificate should be returned if electronic mail is

not available, or a "challenge password" by which the entity may

later request certificate revocation; and to provide attributes for a

PKCS #6 extended certificate. A non-exhaustive list of attributes is

given in PKCS #9.

Certification authorities may also require non-electronic forms of

request and may return non-electronic replies. It is expected that

descriptions of such forms, which are outside the scope of this

document, will be available from the certification authority.

The preliminary intended application of this document is to support

PKCS #7 cryptographic messages, but is expected that other

applications will be developed.

2. References

PKCS #1 RSA Laboratories. PKCS #1: RSA Encryption

Standard. Version 1.5, November 1993.

PKCS #6 RSA Laboratories. PKCS #6: Extended-Certificate

Syntax. Version 1.5, November 1993.

PKCS #7 RSA Laboratories. PKCS #7: Cryptographic Message

Syntax. Version 1.5, November 1993.

PKCS #9 RSA Laboratories. PKCS #9: Selected Attribute

Types. Version 1.1, November 1993.

RFC 1424 Kaliski, B., "Privacy Enhancement for

Internet Electronic Mail: Part IV: Key

Certification and Related Services," RFC 1424,