Certificate image standard published as RFC 6170

Recently the certificate image standard developed by 3xA Security together with Russ Housley (IETF Chair), Adobe and in cooperation with VeriSign was adobted by the IETF as RFC 6170 (http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6170).

This document specifies a method to bind a visual representation of a certificate in the form of a certificate image to a public key certificate as defined in RFC 5280, by defining a new "otherLogos" image type according to RFC 3709.

This standard finally defines a standardized way to carry an image representing a certificate inside a certificate itself, alternatively a way to bind a referenced image to a certificate.

One use of this standard would be to enhance presentation of web server identities by allowing the web browser to display an authenticated image representing the entity that operates the secure server with which the client has connected.

This image may contain both textual and graphical elements and the standard also supports fully scaleable SVG images. SVG images are based on XML encoded vector graphic has advantages over raster images as they are fully scaleable and very memory efficient. Especially when gzip compressed.