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RFC 2585, "Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure Operational Protocols: FTP and HTTP", May 1999

Source of RFC: pkix (sec)

Errata ID: 1831
Status: Verified
Type: Technical
Publication Format(s) : TEXT

Reported By: Paul Hoffman
Date Reported: 2009-08-12
Verifier Name: Tim Polk
Date Verified: 2010-07-20

Section 4.1 and 4.2 says:

Optional parameters: version (default value is "1")

It should say:

Optional parameters: none

[Note: legacy implementations MAY include a version parameter, which SHOULD be ignored if present.]


The optional parameters is ambiguous because it does not state what the version refers to. It is unlikely to be the version of PKIX, because RFC 2459 preceded this document, and the versions of the PKIX format described in RFC 2459 was 2 and 3. The authors note that we did not have a reference to the PKIX specification. Because of this, we suggest that the "version" parameter be ignored if present, and that no assumption of what the default of "1" means. Further, we suggest that "version" not be used when generating MIME bodies.

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