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Subject: 15-day Public Reviews for two PKCS #11 specification drafts: Base Specification and Current Mechanism - end August 28

OASIS members, 

The OASIS PKCS 11 TC members [1] have produced two updated Committee Specification Drafts (CSDs) and submitted these specifications for 15-day public review:

PKCS #11 Cryptographic Token Interface Base Specification Version 2.40
Committee Specification Draft 03 / Public Review Draft 03
16 July 2014


PKCS #11 Cryptographic Token Interface Current Mechanisms Specification Version 2.40
Committee Specification Draft 03 / Public Review Draft 03
16 July 2014

Specification Overview:

The PKCS #11 Base Specification provides normative definition of PKCS #11 objections, attributes and operations. This version corrects a number of editorial errors not addressed in the previous public review. 

The PKCS #11 Current Mechanisms document describes the application of PKCS #11 objects, attributes and operations for specific mechanisms currently in general use. This version removes the AES-XTS mechanism, in response to issues raised in the last public review, for correction and inclusion in a future version of PKCS #11. 

TC Description: 

The OASIS PKCS 11 Technical Committee develops enhancements to improve the PKCS #11 standard for ease of use in code libraries, open source applications, wrappers, and enterprise/COTS products: implementation guidelines, usage tutorials, test scenarios and test suites, interoperability testing, coordination of functional testing, development of conformance profiles, and providing reference implementations. 

Public Review Period:

The public reviews start 14 August 2014 at 00:00 UTC and end 28 August 2014 at 23:59 UTC. The specifications were previously submitted for public review [2]. This 15-day review is limited in scope to changes made from the previous review. Changes are highlighted in the diff-marked PDF files [3]. 

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

The prose specification documents and related files are available here:

- PKCS #11 Cryptographic Token Interface Base Specification Version 2.40

Editable source (Authoritative):


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- PKCS #11 Cryptographic Token Interface Current Mechanisms Specification Version 2.40

Editable source (Authoritative):


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ZIP distribution files (complete):

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of each prose specification and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP files here:



Additional information about this specification and the PKCS 11 TC may be found on the TC's public home page located at:


Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility which can be accessed via the button labeled "Send A Comment" at the top of the TC public home page, or directly at:


Feedback submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC is publicly archived and can be viewed at:


All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with these public reviews of 'PKCS #11 Cryptographic Token Interface Base Specification Version 2.40' and ‘PKCS #11 Cryptographic Token Interface Current Mechanisms Version 2.40,’ we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [4] applicable especially [5] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.

========== Additional references:


[2] Previous public reviews: 
30-day public review, 26 November 2013: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/201311/msg00012.html
  - Comment resolution logs: http://docs.oasis-open.org/pkcs11/pkcs11-base/v2.40/csprd01/pkcs11-v2.40-csprd01-comment-resolution-log.xls and http://docs.oasis-open.org/pkcs11/pkcs11-curr/v2.40/csprd01/pkcs11-v2.40-csprd01-comment-resolution-log.xls

15-day public review, 19 May 2014: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/201405/msg00011.html
  - Comment resolution logs: http://docs.oasis-open.org/pkcs11/pkcs11-base/v2.40/csprd02/pkcs11-base-v2.40-csprd02-comment-resolution-log.xls and http://docs.oasis-open.org/pkcs11/pkcs11-curr/v2.40/csprd02/pkcs11-curr-v2.40-csprd02-comment-resolution-log.xls

[3] Redlined DIFF files:
- Base Specification: http://docs.oasis-open.org/pkcs11/pkcs11-base/v2.40/csprd03/pkcs11-base-v2.40-csprd03-diff.pdf 

- Current Mechanisms: http://docs.oasis-open.org/pkcs11/pkcs11-curr/v2.40/csprd03/pkcs11-curr-v2.40-csprd03-diff.pdf

[4] http://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr

[5] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/pkcs11/ipr.php
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