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Cryptographic Authentication

Posted: Thu, 21 Jun 2007

On 14 June 2007 the ARIN Board of Trustees rejected the three proposals listed below.

  • 2007-1: Reinstatement of PGP Authentication Method
  • 2007-2: Documentation of the Mail-From Authentication Method
  • 2007-3: Documentation of the X.509 Authentication Method

With regard to these proposals, the ARIN Board of Trustees makes the following statement.

"On 17 May 2007 the ARIN Advisory Council advanced policy proposals 2007-1, 2007-2, and 2007-3 to the Board of Trustees, recommending adoption. The Board found strong community support for ARIN to use crypto authentication mechanisms whenever possible and to implement PGP as soon as possible.

However, the Board believes that the use of crypto authentication mechanisms is an operational matter and not an Internet number resource policy matter, and thus did not adopt these as policy proposals. Instead, the Board has directed staff to implement crypto authentication mechanisms (specifically including PGP) on all communications concerning the management of Internet number resources whenever feasible. It further directed the staff to implement the use of PGP as soon as possible.

The Board recommended that ARIN staff develop training materials to assist those communicating with ARIN about the management of Internet number resources in making use of crypto authentication mechanisms in their communication with ARIN.

The Board of Trustees would like to thank the Advisory Council and the authors for their work in advancing these functional proposals."

The PGP crypto authentication method will be implemented not later than 15 September 2007.

Policy proposal texts are available at the Policy Proposal Archive which can be found at:


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