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Charter and CFP: OASIS KMIP Technical Committee

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Charter and Call for Participation: OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) Technical Committee

Subject:  Call for Participation: OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) Technical Committee
From:     "Mary McRae" <>
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Date:     Wed, 4 Mar 2009 15:17:07 -0500

To: OASIS members and interested parties

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) Technical Committee has been proposed by the members of OASIS listed below. The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of deliverables, audience, and language specified in the proposal will constitute the TC's official charter. Submissions of technology for consideration by the TC, and the beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting (April 24, 2009).

The eligibility requirements for becoming a participant in the TC at the first meeting (see details below) are:

  1. you must be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an individual member of OASIS
  2. you must join the Technical Committee, which members may do by using the "Join this TC" button on the TC's public page at [a]

To be considered a voting member at the first meeting, you must:

  1. join the Technical Committee at least 15 days prior to the first meeting [i.e., by April 9, 2009]
  2. attend the first meeting of the TC, at the time and date fixed below [i.e., April 24, 2009]

Of course, participants also may join the TC at a later time. OASIS and the TC welcome all interested parties.

Non-OASIS members who wish to participate may contact us about joining OASIS [b]. In addition, the public may access the information resources maintained for each TC: a mail list archive, document repository, and public comments facility, which will be linked from the TC's public home page at [a].

Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other appropriate lists. OASIS is an open standards organization; we encourage your participation.



   Mary P McRae
   Director, Technical Committee Administration
   OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society
   phone: 1.603.232.9090




Charter and Call For Participation: OASIS KMIP Technical Committee

TC Name

OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) Technical Committee

Statement of Purpose

The KMIP Technical Committee will develop specification(s) for the interoperability of key management services with key management clients. The specifications will address anticipated customer requirements for key lifecycle management (generation, refresh, distribution, tracking of use, life-cycle policies including states, archive, and destruction), key sharing, and long-term availability of cryptographic objects of all types (public/private keys and certificates, symmetric keys, and other forms of "shared secrets") and related areas.


The initial goal is to define an interoperable protocol for standard communication between key management servers, and clients and other actors which can utilize these keys. Secure key management for TPMs (Trusted Platform Modules) and Storage Devices will be addressed. The scope of the keys addressed is enterprise-wide, including a wide range of actors: that is, machine, software, or human participants exercising the protocol within the framework. Actors for KMIP may include:

  • Storage Devices
  • Networking Devices
  • Personal devices with embedded storage (e.g., Personal Computers, Handheld Computers, Cell Phones)
  • Users
  • Applications
  • Databases
  • Operating Systems
  • Input/Output Subsystems
  • Management Frameworks
  • Key Management Systems
  • Agents

Out of Scope

Out of scope areas include:

  • Implementation specific internals of prototypes and products
  • Multi-vendor Key Management facility mirrors or clusters
  • Definition of an architectural design for a central enterprise key management or certificate management system other than any necessary models, interfaces and protocols strictly required to support interoperability between Actors in the multi-vendor certificate and key management framework
  • Framework interfaces not dedicated to secure key and certificate management
  • Certain areas of functionality related to key management are also outside the scope of this technical committee, in particular registration of clients, server-to-server communication and key migration
  • Bindings other than tag-length-value wire protocol and XSD-based encodings

List of Deliverables

The deliverables for the KMIP Technical Committee are anticipated to include the following:

  • Revised KMIP Specification v0.98. This provides the normative expression of the protocol, including objects, attributes, operations and other elements. A Committee Specification is scheduled for completion within twelve (12) months of the first TC meeting.

  • Revised KMIP Usage Guide v0.98. This provides illustrative and explanatory information on implementing the protocol, including authentication profiles, implementation recommendations, conformance guidelines and security considerations. A Committee Specification is scheduled for completion within twelve (12) months of the first TC meeting.

  • Revised KMIP Use Cases and Test Cases v0.98. This provides sample use cases for KMIP, test cases for implementing those use cases, and examples of the protocol implementing those test cases. A Committee Specification is scheduled for completion within twelve (12) months of the first TC meeting.

  • Revised KMIP Frequently Asked Questions. This document provides guidance on what KMIP is, the problems it is intended to address and other frequently asked questions.

KMIP, as defined in the above deliverables, will be scoped to include the following:

1) Comprehensive Key and Certificate Lifecycle Management Framework

A. Lifecycle Management Framework to Include:

  1. Provisioning of Keys and Certificates
    1. Creation
    2. Distribution
    3. Exchange/Interchange
    4. Auditing
  2. Reporting
  3. Logging (Usage tracking)
  4. Backup
  5. Restore
  6. Archive
  7. Update/Refresh
  8. Management of trust mechanisms between EKCLM (Enterprise Key and Certificate Lifecycle Management) actors only as necessary to support EKCLM

B. Comprehensive Key and Certificate Policy Framework to include:

  1. Creation
  2. Distribution
  3. Exchange/Interchange
  4. Auditing
  5. Reporting
  6. Logging (Usage tracking)
  7. Backup
  8. Restore
  9. Archive
  10. Update/Refresh
  11. Expectation of Policy Enforcement
    1. At endpoints
    2. At Key Manager
    3. At intermediaries between endpoints and Key Manager facility

C. Interoperability between Machine Actors in performing all aspects of A) and B), and addressing:

  1. pre-provisioning and late binding of keys and certificates
  2. support for hierarchical or delegation or direct models
  3. actor discovery and enrollment as necessary to support ECKLM
  4. key, certificate and policy migration
  5. audit and logging facilities

D. General Capabilities may include:

  1. Secure and Robust Mechanisms, Techniques, Protocols and Algorithms
  2. Recovery capabilities, only as needed by interoperable interfaces, anticipating power failure, or other common failures of automated Actors
  3. Forward compatibility considerations
  4. Interface to Identity Management facilities as necessary for A) and B)
  5. Interface to Enterprise Directory facilities as necessary for A) and B)

2) KMIP TC will also support activities to encourage adoption of KMIP.

This would likely include:

  • Interoperability sessions to test effectiveness of the specification
  • Reference implementations of KMIP functionality


IPR Mode under which the TC will operate:

The KMIP TC is anticipated to operate under RF on RAND IPR Mode.


Anticipated audience or users.

KMIP is intended for the following audiences:

  • Architects, designers and implementers of providers and consumers of enterprise key management services.


Work group business and proceedings will be conducted in English.

Non-Normative Information

Similar Work

Identification of similar or applicable work.

Similar work is currently underway in several other organizations:

  • OASIS EKMI TC. We see KMIP TC as addressing a broader scope than the primarily symmetric key focused EKMI, providing a more comprehensive protocol in which SKSML can potentially participate.

  • IEEE P1619.3. We see KMIP TC as addressing a broad scope than the primarily storage-related P1619.3.

  • TCG Infrastructure Working Group. We see KMIP TC as addressing a broader scope than the primarily TPM related TCG IWG.

  • IETF Keyprov. We see KMIP TC as addressing a broader scope than the primarily mobile-related IETF Keyprov.

KMIP TC intends to establish liaisons with each of these organizations and may also establish liaisons with other organizations that are identified as focused on similar or applicable work.

First Meeting

Date, time, and location of the first meeting:

The date for the first meeting is April 24th 2009, from 9am PDT until 5pm PDT, to be held as a Face-to-Face meeting in San Francisco in conjunction with the RSA Conference [URI]. Call-in facilities will be provided for those unable to attend in person.

Meeting Schedule

Projected ongoing meeting.

Conference calls will be held weekly, to be sponsored by one or more of the companies proposing the KMIP TC. These conference calls will be complemented by the following:

  • Face to face meetings as determined by the KMIP TC.
  • General communication will be via email reflectors with archiving provided by the KMIP TC.
  • KMIP TC progress will be communicated via a KMIP TC web page.
  • The KMIP TC will communicate (conference calls, joint working sessions, etc.) with external groups as appropriate.
  • The KMIP TC will communicate (conference calls, joint working sessions etc.) with internal OASIS groups (other TCs) as appropriate.

TC Supporters

Names, electronic mail addresses, and membership affiliations of at least Minimum Membership:


The name of the Convenor who must be an Eligible Person:

Robert Griffin (EMC)

Affiliated OASIS Member Section

The name of the Member Section with which the TC intends to affiliate, if any:

The KMIP TC intends to affiliate with the IDtrust Member Section.

Contributions to the TC

List of contributions of existing technical work that the proposers anticipate will be made to this TC:

FAQ Document

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document:

See preceding list of contributions.

Specification Working Title

Proposed working title and acronym for the specification(s) to be developed by the TC:

  • KMIP Specification
  • KMIP Usage Guide
  • KMIP Use Cases and Test Cases

Source: Call for Participation

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also:

  1. The Cover Pages news story 2009-02-27: "OASIS Members Form Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) Technical Committee"
  2. Additional information in the "Cryptographic Key Management" Topic Document OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) Technical Committee
  3. The announcement from the KMIP specification authors: "Leading Organizations Unveil New Interoperability Specification for Encryption Key Management to Aid IT Security, Compliance and Data Recovery"

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