Re: [ietf-smtp] Public Key Look Up

patrick.peisker@protonmail.com Mon, 24 May 2021 16:32 UTC

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Thank you all for the feedback and additional pointers. I will research alternative ways to improve the adoption of encrypted (email) communication.

Best

Patrick

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Saturday, May 15, 2021 10:29 PM, John Levine <johnl@taugh.com> wrote:

> It appears that Matthias Leisi matthias@leisi.net said:
>
> > -=-=-=-=-=-
> >
> > > Am 14.05.2021 um 22:28 schrieb John R Levine johnl@taugh.com:
> >
> > > Right, hence my note about LE for S/MIME.
> >
> > LE is quite clear they won‘t issue certs for S/MIME: https://community.letsencrypt.org/t/s-mime-certificates/153/2
>
> That thread ended three years ago. Last month, the IETF published RFC 8823 which extends the ACME protocol
> to issue S/MIME certificates. I doubt that Alexey wrote it purely as an hypothetical exercise.
>
> > How can ietf-smtp help in paving the way for such an adoption?
>
> Honestly, by not wasting time with diversions that are unlikely to do anything useful.
>
> Pretty much every MUA other than webmail already has S/MIME support. If a few of them let their users get
> certs with one click, it might make a difference.
>
> R's,
> John
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