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1 Introduction

This protocol specification describes the X.509 Certificate Enrollment Policy Protocol, a protocol between a requesting client and a responding server for the exchange of a certificate enrollment policy.

The communication is initiated by a requesting client that requests either the full certificate enrollment policy, or a subset, by passing in a filter. A server processes the identity of the client and an optionally provided client filter, and generates a response with a collection of certificate enrollment policy objects accompanied by a collection of certificate issuers. The returned certificate issuers provide X509v3 Security Token issuance using [MS-WSTEP].

The X.509 Certificate Enrollment Policy Protocol is a minimal messaging protocol that includes a single client request message (GetPolicies) with a matching server response message (GetPoliciesResponse). The server may alternatively respond with a SOAP fault message.

Sections 1.8, 2, and 3 of this specification are normative and can contain the terms MAY, SHOULD, MUST, MUST NOT, and SHOULD NOT as defined in [RFC2119]. Sections 1.5 and 1.9 are also normative but do not contain those terms. All other sections and examples in this specification are informative.

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