Certificate authorities verify the owner information of certificates by signing them.

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Browsers silently adding trusted root certificates in Windows

When accessing https://internetbanking.caixa.gov.br (site of a well known bank in Brazil), the server returns a certificate signed by "Autoridade Certificadora Raiz Brasileira" (Brazilian Root ...
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Should I install my subordinate Certificate Authority on the domain controller? Why?

I must install a PKI in my organization. I work in a windows environment. I already set an offline CA. I must now install a subordinate CA. I have the choice between installing the subordinate CA on a ...
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Are SSL certificates from a CA necessary for secure communication?

Am I right in thinking that SSL certificates from a CA are purely for identification purposes and serve no purpose in the actual encryption of data? In other words if I were to create a self signed ...
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Should the bit-strength selection of a child certificate be influenced by the CA or the chain?

All things being equal; suppose I have a CA chain that has 1024 bits of RSA encryption. Does this mean that my selection of a child CA or WebServer certificate gains no benefit from a higher level of ...
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Is it possible to create a self signed certificate authority?

Would it be possible to create a legitimate certificate with the CA bit set? I dont have a usecase associated with this, I'm merely curious. To explain my question : Suppose I sign a public ...
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How do I check that I have a direct SSL connection to a website?

I always thought that if I had an SSL connection there would be no MITM attacks. Now it appears that isn't true (see comments in this question Is it okay from a security perspective to read foreign ...
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What is an intermediate certificate authority?

What is meant by an "intermediate certificate authority?"
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Guarding against rogue certificates

There has been a lot of news recently about certificates being falsely issued (due to the issuing authority having poor system security!). Apparently the targeted users were mostly Iranians, but it's ...
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How trustable are third party root certificates?

I recently tried to use Fiddler2 from a third-party vendor Telerik. While decrypting the HTTPS traffic of my network, it asked me to install its own root certificate in my Windows operating system: ...
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Are there any downsides to using Let's Encrypt for a website's SSL certificates?

On the advantages side, I see several benefits to using the Let's Encrypt service (e.g., the service is free, easy to setup, and easy to maintain). I'm wondering what, if any, are the disadvantages to ...
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Why do we allow SSL certificates to be replaced before their expiry date, without revokation of others?

Imagine a situation where a rogue CA creates a certificate for your site. Since the user's browser trusts the CA, it will accept the certificate without any fuss. However, the site's real certificate ...
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Use Client Certificate using Self Signed CA while using Web Certificate of a publicly trusted CA

I would like to ask if it is possible to use different CA for the client certificate and the web certificate? For example, I would use Verisign to sign my web certificate while I use my Self Sign ...
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Issuing SSL certificates for device automation software package without domain names

We are developing the automation software for Windows which communicates with the certain devices via our own private connection protocol. That software package consists of several server (including ...
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Why firefox shows some connections are not secure?

I am using internet by connecting mobile phone to my laptop using usb. From yesterday,my browser (firefox) shows for all most all website. Why this happen? How can i solve this?
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Can a certificate have multiple chains and multiple self-signed roots?

The following MSFT document has this paragraph: All possible certificate chains are built using locally cached certificates. If none of the certificate chains ends in a self-signed ...
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Android Kitkat reports: “Network May Be Monitored by an Unknown Third Party” when using non-default root CA

My company uses a private PKI to handle such scenarios such as Mutual auth (TLS) to a website using client certificates SSL web server certificates on an Intranet (once a VPN session is ...
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Design of system based on HTTPS, Client Certificates and custom CA

I have the following system: 2 application servers. At the beginning is installed the first server and later is installed the second one. A client access from a browser to both servers Application ...
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'Trusted CA Certificates' and 'Trusted remote Certificates'

What is the difference between Trusted CA Certificates and Trusted remote Certificates?
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Why are SSL certificates valid only from a certain date?

Each SSL certificate is valid starting from a specific date and up to the expiration date. What's the point in that "valid from" date? Why do we want a certificate to only be valid after a specific ...
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Certification authority only for certain domains

Is it possible to make a certification authority certificate (even unsigned), which only allow to sign certificates for specific domain(s)?
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What is a reasonable expiry for user authentication certificates?

This question is about a nearly decentralized P2P system with a centralized certificate authority where users can authenticate and receive a certificate on their public key and then can authenticate ...
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Is an AIA or CRL useful / required at the Root CA if that Root is used to cross certify another PKI?

Suppose I have several independent PKIs that are used Two internal PKIs: One with SHA1 support the other with Suite B algorithms. A partner who I trust and have a policy map with. Since both my ...
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What tools exist to help me monitor OCSP certificate validation failures?

The discussion at Why isn't OCSP required by default in browsers? notes that many browsers by default simply ignore failure to check web site TLS certificate revocation status via the Online ...
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Is cacert.org more harmful than self-signing?

I don't understand the https security model attempted upon me by The OpenBSD Journal (undeadly.org). Instead of using self-signed certificates for https like they did in the past, they for a while ...
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google certificates correct CA [closed]

I view certificates of https://www.google.com.ua/ So I thought, when requesting via cURL, if I point by CURLOPT_CAINFO to those certificates (GeoTrust Global CA and Google Internet Authority G2 in ...
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Security and authentication problem

We have a sample scenario and we would like to receive some feedback and some solutions regarding possible security schemes. First of all, lets imagine a real world scenario: Imagine that a user ...
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Is there any research on which SSL certificate authority has the best browser compatibility

We're about to release a service that requires website owners to embed our javascript code on their site which will then serve the script from our server similar to Google Analytics. (yes I'm aware of ...
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Is my ISP trying to impersonate google?

Everything has been well for years and today I wake up with this: A warning on EM Client (also got the same on my iPhone) that the certificate for googleapis.com isn't valid. And the certificate ...
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What OID Issuance Policies are appropriate for SmartCard and Browser Certificates?

I'm investigating issuance policies for SMIME and Browser certificates with different levels of assurance. For the purposes of S/MIME and Browser certificates, should I even use an assurance policy? ...
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AIA/CRL locations for Offline Root

I've read the answer to the following "Checklist on building an Offline Root & Intermediate Certificate Authority (CA)" and I have one questions based on the system I am trying building It's an ...
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How do I prepare for Certificate Authority end of business?

We are deploying a security solution which uses certificates to validate documents. These certificates are issued by our government-authorized CA. What if in a distant future, the CA who provided us ...
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What is updated with “Update Root Certificates” enabled? What is the equivalent in Windows 2008R2?

What root certificates are/are not updated when the following checkbox is checked? Additional questions If I manually remove a root certificate, will this service replace that very certificate? ...
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Who is this strangely named Certificate Authority?

I'm researching certificate authorities, and I just have no idea what to think of the CA named x00Ax00-x00Tx00rx00ux00sx00tx00 x00Gx00ex00sx00.x00 x00fx00xFCx00rx00 ...
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Certificate Transparency

From what I read here, if the intermediate CA has been compromised, a fake cert can be issued and the privacy of the end-users could be compromised as well. In order to remediate this situation, ...
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What part of TLS specifies how to verify a certificate chain

I have sometimes run into a situation where I see a root CA certificate which is set to expire sooner than the intermediate CA certificate. My question is - if you were interested in keeping your ...
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OCSP: What is “hackedirl.files.wordpress.com”?

After I ticked that my browser (Firefox) must require OCSP: http://i.stack.imgur.com/UeDXh.png I got a window popped up (several times! And it still pops up.. ~randomly ~about a few 10 minutes): ...
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Why are there very expensive and cheap SSL same type certificates? [duplicate]

I am about to launch an online shopping site (currently running http) and I was thinking heavily of moving to SSL which includes a green bar, because this is very important. However, when I first ...
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What to do with expired certificates as a CA?

This and this answer says that "once a certificate has expired, the CA ceases to keep track of its revocation status". I'm trying to learn how OpenSSL works as a CA. If I have a revoked expired ...
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From a trust perspective, is renewing a CA certificate the same as trusting a sub-CA?

I'm trying to understand the validation logic that would occur in the following hypothetical scenario An unpatched XP user who trusts a list of root CAs. Those CAs in particular have been renewed ...
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Is possible that a TLS server send more than one certificate to the client for the same site?

What I'm trying to archive is enable ECDSA and DSS ciphers in my site, but at the same time not depend just of self signed certificates, so I could sent to my client more than one certificate and them ...
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What is the severity of a fake certificate?

I'm not a security specialist, thus reading this Google Blog post about a fake *.google.com certificate, raises a lot of concerns, if anyone can impersonate a website, especially a google website, my ...
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What is the state of the Windows Update certificate after Flame?

May 28, The Flame malware is discovered in Iran and by Kaspersky Labs. June 5, Dan Goodin (Ars Technica) points out that Flame had hijacked WindowsUpdate, spreading signed malware through that ...
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Certificate verified using two different paths

StartSSL has an intermediate certificate that they use to sign their EV certificates: sub.class4.server.ca.pem. This certificate's issuer is shown by openssl x509 to be /C=IL/O=StartCom ...
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Is authorisation with token secure?

I have a general security question: Let's say there is a client-server application with authorisation by login and password using a secure connection between server and client (https). User can have ...
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How practical is a certificate's “basic constraint” property in protecting my HTTPS / SSL session?

Suppose a leaf node creates a certificate for a different domain, acting as a CA. Do most popular frameworks, or SSL chain validation tools verify the constraints? Are there any I should be ...
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Explicitly prohibit an intermediate CA certificate on OpenSSL

How do you explicitly not trust a particular certificate (especially, CA certificate) for OpenSSL? On NSS-based applications, one can install the cert with trustarg p: prohibited (explicitly ...
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distributing SSL certificates?

I'm only familiar with SSL certificates in a simple-use case: I've installed them to websites, Windows servers, and a few Linux servers. I'm now faced with the task of securing every possible device ...
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Should the thumbprint be SHA2 in addition to the Signature Hash Algorithm?

I'm looking at a Windows PKI and see that the Thumbprint is SHA1, while the Signature is SHA2 (SHA256). Is this an acceptable configuration? Should I recommend that the client update to SHA2 for a ...
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Any non-commercial certificate authority issuer for web applications?

Is there any non-commercial certificate authority capable of issuing valid certificates for web applications? I mean, the certificate must be accepted by browsers, like those of commercial CAs?
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Are there any public examples of an encrypted attribute in a Verisign-issued certificate?

This Credentica- UProve paper describes how Verisign issues (or did issue in the past) certs with encrypted attributes: "VeriSign issues certificates that contain encrypted attributes that can be ...