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  • The goal of backend management is the addition and removal of SCMS components
  • The provisioning and initial setup requirements for all backend components is defined in Use Case 1: SCMS Component Setup

Background and Strategic Fit

As the SCMS system evolves, it is necessary that SCMS components can be added and removed.

This includes Root CAs. For the PoC, there will be only one Root CA. To manage Roots CAs, (e.g., to add and remove them) the SCMS will employ a multi-Elector system. In this scheme, there are a number of electors. These entities are trust anchors but also vote to manage Root CAs, i.e., to remove or add a new Root CA. The SCMS Manager coordinates the electors. An operation on a Root CA (addition or revocation) will require a message signed by some given number of electors. The exact number of electors needed to perform addition or revocation is a fixed quorum m. The public keys of the electors will be installed into the trust stores of every SCMS component, including the OBEs. In the PoC, electors will be implemented to be manual processes, and the Root Management messages signed by electors will be generated by manual means for testing the management of the Roots CAs.


  • SCMS components need to be added and revoked but not removed and rolled-over
  • More requirements specific to each operation and component will occur in the subsections


Key Status Summary Description justification notes Component/s

Use Case 11 - Requirements


SCMS Architecture

Summary Showing Trust Anchor Relationships Only

SCMS Root CA Trust Anchor Relationships - Overview

Typical SCMS Operations

Day 1: Typical SCMS System Operations

SCMS Root CA & Elector Trust Relationships

Scenario 1:  Life Cycle of Elector (Level 0) Revocation and Replacement

Scenario 1, Day 2: Process to Revoke an Elector while Maintaining Functionality

Elector A Revocation Process

Scenario 1, Day 3: System Functional for Period of Time with Two Root Endorsers

SCMS Operational with Electors B & C Only

Scenario 1, Day 4: Introduction of Replacement Elector

Introduce Elector D

Scenario 1, Day 5: Steady State Operations after the Introduction of Replacement Elector

SCMS Trust Relationships with Elector D

Scenario 2:  Life Cycle of Root CA (Level 1) Revocation and Replacement

 Scenario 2, Day 2: Prepare New Root CA

Create Replacement Root CA & Distribute to SCMS Servers

Scenario 2, Day 3: Generate New Certificates for all SCMS Components & Distribute

Introduce Replacement Root CA before Revoking Current Root CA

Scenario 2, Day 4: Revoke Root CA

Revoke Root CA

Scenario 2, Day 5: Condition of SCMS while Root CA is Revoked

Root Revoked - System Non-functional

Scenario 2, Day 6: EEs Updated with New Root Certificate, New Enrollment Certificate and New Pseudonym Certificates

Update EEs with New Certificates