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Revised Draft Charter

From: Win Treese <treese@openmarket.com>
Date: Sat, 06 Apr 1996 01:30:25 -0500
Message-Id: <199604060630.BAA02321@caddo.openmarket.com>
To: ietf-tls@w3.org

Hello. As Jeff mentioned, I will be chairing the working group.  Our
first order of business is to nail down the charter so the working
group can be officially created.

Taher Elgamal posted his original draft charter for the group a couple
of weeks ago. I have incorporated the comments from the list and a few
other minor changes into the revised charter below.

If there are no substantive changes proposed by April 15, I will
forward the proposed charter to Jeff Schiller for the IESG.

Win Treese
Open Market, Inc.
treese@OpenMarket.com			           http://www.openmarket.com




Charter for TLS (Transport Layer Security) WG:

Current status:  drafts

Chair(s):  Win Treese <treese@OpenMarket.com>

Security Area Director(s):
        Jeffrey Schiller  <jis@mit.edu>

Mailing lists:
        General discussion:     ietf-tls@w3.org
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        Archive:                http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/ietf-tls/

Description and charter of the TLS Working Group:

Several methods of providing a secure and authenticated channel
between a client and a server on the Internet above the TCP layer have
appeared.  The objective of this proposed working group is to write
standards track RFC(s) for protocols using the currently available
Internet drafts as a basis.  The SSL, PCT and SSH protocols are
examples of mechanisms of establishing a secure channel for general
purpose or special purpose Internet applications running over a
reliable transport, usually TCP.

The TLS working group is a focused effort on providing security
features at the transport layer, rather than general purpose security
and key management mechanisms.  The standard track protocol
specification will provide methods for implementing privacy,
authentication, and integrity above the transport layer.

The work currently under way in the area of secure IP is outside the 
scope of this working group. Also, general authentication mechanism 
discussions are outside the focus of this group. However, best efforts 
will be made to utilize as much as possible of the already existing 
technologies and methodologies in the IETF and other places to solve 
common problems, such as key management.

The group may also produce an informational RFC to describe conventions for 
the interface to a Socket (or transport) layer secure library to build 
specific applications as well as TCP port number conventions for running 
secure versions of network applications.
 
Goals and Milestones

April 96 Agreement on charter and issues in current draft.

July 96  Final draft for Secure Transport Layer Protocol ("STLP")

Nov 96   Working group "Last Call"

Dec 96   Offer to IESG for IETF "Last Call"
Received on Saturday, 6 April 1996 01:30:34 EST

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