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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Does any nation-state CA (certificate authority) have a public API to verify digital signatures? [closed]

There are around 200+ nation-states on the planet. Most of these use eIDs. Do any of these nation-states have a public API to verify digital signatures? Example: Nation-state Canada issues a eID to ...
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What Country, State and City should I choose when requesting an SSL certificate?

I am really confused about the country, state and city I should select when submitting an SSL certificate. Should I provide the location of my servers or my current home address?I can always reissue a ...
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What are these two certificates I need to install - external CA root certificate

I have to install 2 certificates on a computer and I am a little puzzled by the certificates. The first certificate has these details: Issuer: CN = AddTrust External CA Root OU = AddTrust External ...
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Is it safe to send SSL certificates via email?

I just ordered a cheap Comodo PositiveSSL Certificate via a UK reseller, and I was rather surprised to find that the following files were emailed to me automatically, in a zip file: Root CA ...
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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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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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How does the OpenSSL Alternative chains certificate forgery (CVE-2015-1793) attack work?

The security advisory for the issue can be found here: https://www.openssl.org/news/secadv_20150709.txt OpenSSL Security Advisory [9 Jul 2015] Alternative chains certificate forgery ...
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Issuing certificates to two departments from same ROOT CA so one does not trust the other

Scenario: We have two departments within IT; Say Department-OLD and Department-NEW. A single internal PKI environment exists and a root CA (singular) is trusted by All endpoints. Problem: ...
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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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Clarifications sought about SSL cert signing process

Currently I have a cert (signed with SHA1) expiring soon and I have extended its expiry incorporating SHA2 signing algorithm. I have done this by creating another CSR using certutil command with the ...
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How to know if certificate is self-signed

How do I find out if a certificate is self-signed or authorized by CA? Somewhere I read that self-signed subject and issuer will be same, is it correct?
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is x509 certificate signed by ca valid?

I've got certificate 'sample cert' which is valid to '2015-12-31' but it was signed by root CA certificate. But when it was signing CA cert was valid to 2015-06-30'. So my question is, is today ...
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Extract the content of PKCS7 file in Java

I have a PKCS#7 signature that have the content‐type signed data and it embeds an XML document, and I have to extract the xml document from this PKCS7 file. Anyone know how to do that in java ??
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Certificate authority has changed for personal website - but I haven't changed anything?

I have the Certificate Patrol addon (website) installed in Firefox. While I mostly ignore the (far too many) warnings, today I saw that the certificate authority for my personal website has changed. ...
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Why is it fine for Certificates above the end-entity certificate to be SHA1 based?

I have heard about the phasing out of Sha1 based certificates for end entity use, and the steps that are outlined for chrome to display progressively more aggressive warnings for Sha1 certs not ...
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Why isn't there a certificate revocation request standard?

Say I am building a Certificate Authority software and I want to automate certificate revocation as much as possible. I know it will not be possible in some cases, like if the building where the ...
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How to trust a CA to sign a CRL but not a cert?

In my application, there are many parties that are trusted to revoke a cert (ie by signing a CRL), but are not trusted to sign (new) certs. How do I mark a CA to be trusted only for CRLs, and not for ...
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How to extend x509 certificate validity

I have two x509certificate, and now they are expired. What I would do is to extend the validity date of these certificates (I don't want t creat new one). Can I do this with openssl or other tools ?
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What can I do to rely less on certificate authorities?

I never trusted and liked CA's and in fact I removed a lot of them from my devices. But now after this question I'm wondering if I should generate my own certificates for the sites I care (e.g, like ...
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How do I report a security vulnerability about a trusted certificate authority? [duplicate]

I stumbled across a huge security vulnerability in a Certificate Authority that is trusted by all modern browsers and computers. Specifically, I am able to get a valid signed certificate for a domain ...
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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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Can a wifi provider decrypt HTTPS usind MITM without users noticing? [duplicate]

As a router, can I send forged certificates, and intercept requests to CA and return responses that they are valid. So I could MITM all https traffic, and spy on my users?
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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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Create OpenVPN/easy-rsa certificate from public key only

I have been using easyrsa to generate client certificates for my application using the method described here. The build-client-full command generates a fresh private key for each client. This is what ...
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What if someone steals a Certificate authority's private key? [duplicate]

What if someone could steal a Certificate authority's private key? I know this will (probably) never happen, but what would happen to the certificates that were already signed with this private key? ...
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Why did browsers deprecate 1024-bit RSA, but retain SHA-1?

I was reading Mozilla's security blog Phasing out Certificates with 1024-bit RSA Keys. Effectively, some browsers are deprecating 1024-bit RSA for CAs and Subordinate CAs because the certificate must ...
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Is using a self signed certificate safer than a free ssl certificate? [duplicate]

I have a personal website/email server, basically for my own self learning use. I am using CACert (http://www.cacert.org/) for my SSL certificate as advised in a tutorial. I have no clue about ...
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What are the problems with creating an own CA for intranet?

In the comments to Creating my own CA for an intranet several people strongly advise against creating your own CA for an intranet. Especially: don't do it. Nope. Bad idea. Buy $10 CA signed ...
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Using a minimal set of certificate authoraties

It been known for quite a while now that SSL is more of a security-illusion than a real one. As it's not completely useless, and there's no real alternative at moment (though convergence looks ...
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How are digital certificates compared?

I have read about SSL and TLS; I know how RSA works and why digital certificates are necessary (more or less), but I am curious about how we prevent a fake digital certificate. The operating system ...
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Analyzing a TLS connection?

Suppose I want a secure TLS communication between me and myschool.edu. Which of the following should I trust to preserve confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity. Here are the options and my ...
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Are WoSign S/MIME certificates generated on the server side and therefore unsafe to use?

WoSign has been in the media for offering free server and client certificates. Since one of my (free) S/MIME certificate from another CA is about to expire soon after one year and WoSign offers ...
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Sites are signed with an incorrect VeriSign Class 3 G5 CA

Previously today, I encountered a SSL error trying to access twitter.com in Chrome. Investigating the issue, I encountered the same error accessing discussions.apple.com. Most other HTTPS sites were ...
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Is there any possibility that a trusted CA can perform a man in middle attack? [duplicate]

Is there any possibility that a trusted CA can perform a man in middle attack? Since the CA certificate is installed and trusted by the browser it will never raise a warning message. Hope my doubt ...
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Methods for immediate certificate signing

I'm an absolute newbie in the enterprise CSR and certificate generation process. So kindly point out any obvious silliness in the question. Is it possible to completely automate the process of CSR ...
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How to detect whether a CA used EV for a certificate using openssl

I want to download the certificate of a particular hostname and detect whether the CA used EV (extended validation) when issuing it. So far I was not able to find anything that identifies certificates ...
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How does SSL/TLS PKI work?

We have lots of questions that address portions of SSL/TLS as it relates to PKI, but none of them seem to bring everything together. A canonical answer that we can point people to I think would be ...
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Private CA and client server authentication

I have a private application - that has one server and many clients and I want to use two way authentication(AKA client auth) I use Tomcat server and java keytool to create TLS certificates. If I ...
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Why aren't the TLD registries the TLS CAs?

Here's one thing I don't understand - why is it possible for a Chinese organization to forge an SSL certificate for an American website and the other way round? What led to a design decision of ...
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Is there any use in an AIA Extension in a Certificate directly issued by a Root CA?

While most documentation I've read states that there is no requirement to have the AIA extension in a self-signed Root certificate (logical enough), I can't find anything that tells me not to do so in ...
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Secure Connection between two mobile (Android and/or iOS) devices

I've a Device A which will communicate with multiple devices on a network (BLE and/or NFC). All the devices will be handled a Token upon authentication which somehow needs to be transferred over to ...
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Should I use a Certificate Revocation List?

I've been trying to provide security to my API. I will issue certificates to my clients to access my API through a TLS channel. So it'll be a SSL-Client Authentication. I'm wondering, should I use ...
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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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Why is my Positive SSL certificate deemed insecure by Google Chrome? [duplicate]

We run a website over HTTPS with a wildcard certificate from Positive SSL. Today, when I opened Google Chrome (v. 42.0.2311.90 m) and navigated to the site, I noticed a red cross through the https ...
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Security Structure of an API

I've been developing a web application and APIs for 8 months. I implemented OAuth 2.0 client credentials for authentication. And now I have to implement TLS to my APIs. I've been dealing with SSL/TLS ...
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Why is Symantec/Verisign CA appearing as an invalid authority? [closed]

Typical browsing to www.BankOfAmerica.com got me an ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error. This was with an up-to-date production version of Google Chrome for Mac. I tried with Safari, and got the same ...
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TLS 39 month certificate limit and Chrome's NET::ERR_CERT_VALIDITY_TOO_LONG error

Late last year the CA/Browser Forum decided to limit the maximum valid term of TLS/SSL certificates issued after 1 April 2015. After this time, as the official guidelines put it.. CAs SHALL NOT ...
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Should name constraints be present on a subordinate CA issued to an organization?

I was looking at Google's Internet Authority G2. Its a subordinate CA (critical, CA:TRUE, pathlen:0) certified by GeoTrust. The dump is below. Presumably, GeoTrust certified that CA for Google so ...
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Difference between Certificate pinning and public key pinning

I understand what pinning is. I had read about Certificate pinning and I appreciated it's use case. But today I learned pinning can be of two types - pin the certificate or pin the public key ...
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Can I use a CA certificate for two ways (mutual) authentication

I cannot get an answer from a CA company for this question. I have to implement two ways SSL authentication between my server and my users computers. Users should access to my several API securly. I ...