A Certificate Authority is the collection of hardware, software, and people responsible for issuing certificates in a hierarchical PKI. CAs may be public, as in SSL / TLS and government IDs, or private, as in corporate infrastructures. The primary responsibility of a public CA is to verify the ...

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Self-signed cert - how it works

I am new to SSL / digital certificates / signatures. What I know is that a digital signature must be verified/decrypted using the public key. So a cert that is signed by a CA must be verified/...
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SSL digital certificate process - high level

I am a project manager and is touching on an IT project consisting of the usual 3 tier - web/client - middleware - database. In this case, I have an web server and needs to implement SSL ...
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Mutual Authentication and Authorisation with Certificates from various CAs

Edit: Having read this question and answer I have a bit more of an understanding. My question now then, is: can I use a certificate that a user has had signed by a registered CA such as VeriSign, ...
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How does a Certificate Private Key get transferred on import / export?

I am fairly new to certificates in general and have setup my own standalone CA for testing purposes. I have noticed some interesting behavior of private keys which I'm trying to find some ...
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Why would Amazon include an already trusted Root CA in the bug report they filed to get into Mozilla's truststore?

Amazon will soon be a trusted Root CA. To this end Mozilla Bug #1172401 was filed a while back to get into Mozilla's trust store. Along with 4 of their own Root CAs they've included a fifth one (...
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Why/when would a CA make a generated public key available to the public at large?

I'm confused about this section in my CEH security exam training material: A CA is able to perform a number of roles in addition to the validation process outlined here. Some actions that a CA is ...
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Securely build a list of trusted CAs

Some distributions of the cURL bundle include a utility mk-ca-bundle.pl which compiles a ca-bundle.crt from Mozilla's root certificate store for use as a list of trusted authorities. The script prints ...
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How does Windows certificate manager verify a file's certificate, if the root certificate is not in the store?

I'm working on a project which requires certificate verification for executable files. I have created my own trusted root certificate store, and used openssl to perform verification. However, when I ...
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Why not to use the same subordinate issuer CA for generating certificates that will be used for different things?

Microsoft has recommended my organization to use different subordinate issuer CAs in order to issue certificates that will be used for different things. For example, they recommend to use a CA for ...
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Why is Firefox shipped with expired root certificates?

What's the purpose of shipping Firefox with expired root certs? I checked and there are two expired certs listed. In fact the company's website for the first expired cert (A-Trust) states that the ...
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How much of a problem is it that Windows “hides” some of the trusted root CA certs?

Based on information on this page, Windows actually trusts many more root CA certificates than what are displayed when a user launches certmgr.msc and navigates to Trusted Root Certification ...
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Designing a PKI environment

For our company I was given the task to design a durable, structured PKI environment for mainly client authentication purposes. We need a Root CA with a couple of Intermediate CAs, like this: ...
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Should I be concerned that Google no longer trusts specific Symantec root CA cert that is also on my Windows system?

This is related to this other question which refers to Google moving to distrust the "Class 3 Public Primary CA" root certificate operated by Symantec Corporation, across Chrome, Android, and Google ...
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How do I produce a CA signed public key?

I have a need to have somebody else encrypt secret data with my public key that I can then decrypt with my private key. I have produced an RSA private/public key pair with OpenSSL gave them the public ...
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How does a Sign tool work?

My basic understanding of how a sign tool works is: Load the zip-file (may be exe, jar, ddl, apk, etc.) which has to be signed to its memory (cache memory of the sign tool). Verify it and unzip the ...
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How do user receive server's certificate?

Let's imagine our user's computer wants to talk to some server for the first time in history via https. The computer sends a hello message, the server sends his public key and the certificate, ...
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Why do Symantec not believe their customers will be affected by Google distrusting this root certificate?

So Google will be moving to distrust the “Class 3 Public Primary CA” root certificate operated by Symantec Corporation, across Chrome, Android, and Google products, because it is no longer going to ...
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Verification of client certificates

I've read a lot of articles about client certificates. Please correct me if I'm wrong: client certificates are issued using CA CA could be created by myself (self-signed) or bought client ...
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TLS - How to know a CRL URL is not changed

If a hacker would manage to sign a certificate with a stolen (private) key of a CA and would remove or change the URL in the CRL Distribution Points extension, and later the certificate would be ...
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Why can you not trust a certificate directly?

If you want to set up a service that is signed using some Certificate Authority system (SSL/TLS, certain configurations of IKE, etc), if you want to use a self-signed certificate (e.g., for testing), ...
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Why does the issuance speed of a CA depend on the number of certs they have already issued?

I have seen proprietary testing results of pummelling a CA for a long time and measuring its throughput (certs issued / second). It was found that CAs become slower to issue new certificates as the ...
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What, or who, exactly is a Certificate Authority (CA) for TPM attestation?

I'm learning about and researching the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to incorporate into a solution involving remote machines. As I understand it: all attestation methods (AIK, DAA) still require ...
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Issuing and managing large numbers of certificates for client authentication

I am developing an Internet of Things product and plan to use client certificate authentication, issuing each "thing" its own certificate on the production line so that it may authenticate with a ...
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PKI, one sub CA for each certificate type VS one for all the certificates type

I'm trying to set a PKI where I can find 3 types of certificates: A client certificate to use in HTTPS communications A web server certificate to use in HTTPS communication A VPN certificate to use ...
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How secure is “Let's Encrypt”? [duplicate]

I just configured and installed a free SSL certificate from Let's Encrypt. It's great, and very easy to set up. However in this post-Snowden era, I was wondering how secure this really is. For ...
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How do certificate issuers become trusted?

From what I understand, the certificate scheme that TLS/SSL relies on works because your computer has trust for major CA issuers built into it. That is, your OS is installed with certificates for ...
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How to read certificate chains in OpenSSL

I'm trying to understand how to read the output of OpenSSL commands. Currently, I am trying to understand how Certificate Chains work. When I give the command (using a standard ca bundle) openssl ...
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What's the difference between Comodo Premium and Positive SSL certificates [duplicate]

I'm just about to buy a SSL certificate from Comodo, I've doing a research in many CAs, many of them have this kinda premium certificate, and another like positiveSSL, rapidSSL, and instantSSL. The ...
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Is there any legitimate reason to install yourself as a root CA?

Follow up from comments on another question. Is there any reason as to why you might install yourself as a root CA on your own network? The only reason I can think of is forcing computers in the ...
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Corporate computers have own corporation's cert as trusted CA; should I consider all traffic compromised?

By my admittedly limited understanding of how HTTPS/TLS works, the end user (me) initiates a connection with a remote server which signs every one of its messages with a public key. This public key ...
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Check root certificates and certificate authorities on new PC

First Lenovo was caught shipping Superfish with new PCs, which included a universal self-signed certificate authority, and now Dell has been caught shipping PCs with a similar root certificate. What ...
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Guide on how to create certificates and setup an EAP-TLS on debian [closed]

I need to create an EAP-TLS authentication using a freeradius. Currently I am a working EAp-PEAP setup, it is working fine. However, I now needs to move to an EAP-TLS. For this I need to create some ...
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Mysql SSL handshake: symmetric key exchange with CA or server key?

I have my MySQL database set up to require server and client identify verification, with both presenting their certificates signed by the same CA (mysql user was set up with 'require X509'). ...
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Why does SSL EV certification have a range of encryption (40-128 bit)?

I would like to get SSL-EV certification for my company website. After comparing a list of providers, I am confused by their advertisements. Why do all providers say that their certifications ...
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Which CRL should an intermediate CA crlDistributionPoint contain?

Given a root certificate authority (CA) and an intermediate CA signed by the root: Which CRL should the crlDistributionPoints contain to for the intermediate CA? The root CA's CRL or the ...
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How to import Comodo certificates into Keystore?

I'm trying to create a Keystore. I've already generated a Private Key, generated and sent a certificate request to a CA (Comodo), and I've received a ZIP file from the CA (Comodo) containing four ...
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Self created CA root for client certificates [duplicate]

My company wants to use client certificates for clients on production. We have a HTTPS certificate. As I understand we need a CA root certificate to create client certificates. Question: is it OK if I ...
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S/MIME certificates and “information leakage”

I'm considering getting an S/MIME certificate that verifies my name and email address. I've been trying to ascertain what information "leaks" if I do. The Wikipedia page on S/MIME says: Depending ...
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Creating root CA to issue certificates programatically

I have to generate a self signed root CA and use it to issue to certificates programatically. I am new to security and certificates and I think I am missing some pieces required to make the whole ...
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Two-tier PKI without OCSP?

I am currently in the planning phase of a two tier Windows PKI using this deployment guide, and I am stuck concerning the use of OCSP and the online responder role of ADCS. The guide mandates that ...
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Yubikey / GPG with OpenSSH signed key

I am currently looking into the possibility of using Yubikey (NEO)'s to store the private SSH keys of my users. By searching the internet I've found several places that explain how you can generate a ...
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SSL certs signed by different CA

Have a question on SSL certs signed by different CA. in the past, my web server cert is signed with CA1 and it was also imported into the web app firewall for SSL traffic monitoring. Now, I have ...
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Which CA issued certificate for https://www.google.com

I installed Kaspersky internet Security 2016 on my laptop; in Firefox and Edge the root issuer is Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Root Certificate. but in chrome the root issuer is GeoTrust. in my ...
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Automate certificate signing in Linux

In a private network I wish to automate signing for new clients/servers. Something like this: New client is created (dockers & etc) The client create a new private key and a CSR The client send ...
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SCEP CertRep SUCCESS: how many certs are in the response?

I am working on an SCEP implementation (both requester and authority). The project uses JScep as a library. During the communication for a PKCSReq the client receives a CertRep SUCCESS. The draft ...
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SSL Client Authentication Failure

I have a setup where the client wants to make https call to the server. The client has a certificate installed on the machine The trust chain of the cert: Root CA      |----...
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Browser blacklists & the Symantec-Google Certification Debacle

Background: As explained e.g. on this Google company blog, Google writes that: On September 14, around 19:20 GMT, Symantec’s Thawte-branded CA issued an Extended Validation (EV) pre-certificate ...
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Does client Authentication needs the server to have intermediate certificate?

I have a scenario where in the client send send a client certificate issued from trusted root. The path of the client cert is like : Trusted Root |-----Intermediate Issuer |---- ...
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How does Certificate Transparance detect fake or forked logs?

I am trying to understand Certificate Transparency. Let's say I want to snoop on somebody's email. So I go hack or bribe a CA, have them issue a certificate for google.com, and then I present it when ...
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What is the purpose of Intermediate Certification Authorities store in Windows?

Suppose I have CA1 root certificate and two intermediate CA2 and CA3 certificates issued by CA1. Would it pose any security issue if all of the intermediate certificates were installed in the root ...