Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#167 closed defect (fixed)

Define "incorporate"

Reported by: rlb@… Owned by: eranm@…
Priority: major Milestone: review
Component: rfc6962-bis Version:
Severity: - Keywords:


Section 4 says that "An SCT is the log's promise to incorporate the submitted
entry in its Merkle Tree no later than a fixed amount of time". What does it
mean for a certificate to be incorporated? Does it mean that it is covered by
an STH? Does it mean that the certificate is available via the get-entries
endpoint? Being precise on this point is important, given that a lot of policy
ink is being spilled about enforcement of this requirement.

Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by rob.stradling@…

  • Component changed from client-behavior to to-be-decided

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by eranm@…

  • Component changed from to-be-decided to rfc6962-bis
  • Owner changed from draft-ietf-trans-rfc6962-bis@… to eranm@…
  • Status changed from new to assigned

The different phases of a certificate being added to the tree:

  • The thing that gets submitted to a CT log is not an entry. It's a 'submission'.
  • At some point, an entry in the log is created for the submission. The entry is the input to the Merkle Tree: "The input to the Merkle Tree Hash is a list of data entries;".
  • There's an intermediate phase, of an entry existing before it's actually in the tree - Essentially, the entry is "created" when a sequence number is assigned to the submission + timestamp combination.

Incorporation should be defined as the allocation of an sequence number to the entry and production of an STH that includes the hash of that sequenced entry.

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by eranm@…

Out for review in

Note I plan a bigger change that unifies the names of data structures with their semantic meaning.

comment:5 Changed 5 years ago by melinda.shore@…

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from assigned to closed
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