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Subject: Call to Vote: Ballot for OASIS Standards - KMIP Specification v1.3 and KMIP Profiles v1.3

OASIS Members:

The Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) TC members [1] have approved submitting the following Candidate OASIS Standards to the OASIS membership for membership vote for OASIS Standard:

Key Management Interoperability Protocol Specification Version 1.3
Candidate OASIS Standard 01
21 September 2016


Key Management Interoperability Protocol Profiles Version 1.3
Candidate OASIS Standard 01
21 September 2016

This is a call to the primary or alternate representatives of OASIS Organizational Members to vote. This Committee Specification was approved by the Technical Committee and was submitted for the required 60-day public review [2]. All requirements of the OASIS TC Process having been met [3][4], the Candidate OASIS Standard is now submitted to the voting representatives of OASIS organizational members.

-- Voting Details --

For your convenience, both Candidate OASIS Standards (COS) are listed on a single ballot. Please make 2 selections to indicate your choices for each of these COSs. 

The ballot opens 14 December 2016 at 00:00 UTC and closes 27 December 2016 at 23:59 UTC. You can open the ballot and cast your vote now at:

Internal link for voting members: https://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/voting/ballot.php?id=3021
Publicly visible link:  https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=3021

The minimum number of affirmative votes required to approve this ballot is 43  (15% of 282 OASIS organizational members).

Each OASIS organizational member has one vote. OASIS members should ensure that their organization's voting representative votes according to the organization's wishes. If you do not know the name of your organization's voting representative is, go to the My Account page at


then click the link for your Company (at the top of the page) and review the list of users for the name designated as "Primary".

-- Information about the Candidate OASIS Standard and the KMIP TC -- 

The Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) is a single, comprehensive protocol for communication between clients that request any of a wide range of encryption keys and servers that store and manage those keys. By replacing redundant, incompatible key management protocols, KMIP provides better data security while at the same time reducing expenditures on multiple products.

KMIP v1.3 enhances the KMIP v1.2 standard by:

- defining new functionality in the protocol to improve interoperability;
- defining additional Test Cases for verifying and validating the new functionality;
- providing additional information in the KMIP Usage Guide to assist in effective implementation of KMIP in key management clients and servers; and - defining new profiles for establishing KMIP-compliant implementations.

The KMIP Specification describes the protocol used for the communication between clients and servers to perform management operations on objects stored and maintained by a key management system. This includes symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic keys, digital certificates, and templates used to simplify the creation of objects and control their use.

The KMIP Profiles provide a selected set of base level conformance profiles and authentication suites; additional KMIP Profiles define specific sets of KMIP functionality for conformance purposes.

3 Statements of Use for each were received from P6R Inc., Cryptsoft Pty Ltd, and Fornetix [2]. 


The prose specification document and related files are available here:

- Key Management Interoperability Protocol Specification Version 1.3

Editable source (Authoritative):



- Key Management Interoperability Protocol Profiles Version 1.3

Editable source (Authoritative):



Test cases:


-- Additional information -- 

[1] Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) TC 

TC Charter

[2] Candidate OASIS Standard Special Majority Vote: 

[3] Public reviews: 
- 60-day public review, 13 October 2016: 
  - Comment resolution log: 

- 30-day public review, KMIP Profiles v1.3, 17 May 2016:
  - Comment resolution log: 

- 30-day public review, KMIP Specification v1.3, 17 February 2016:
  - Comment resolution log: 

[4] Statements of Use: 
- P6R Inc. - https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/58654/

- Cryptsoft Pty Ltd - https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/58650/

- Fornetix - https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/58651/


Chet Ensign
Director of Standards Development and TC Administration 
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society

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