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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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 ...
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How can an “alternate” or duplicate HTTPS certificate be used in an attack?

Inspired by an old question from PulpSpy, I'm trying to think of whether this is a significant weakness in the Certificate Authority system. Here are the attack methods that I think would work - ...
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Is it possible to modify a CA without having to reissue all of the derived certificates?

Background: I have my own authoritative certificate that I generated myself for signing certificates for services my friends and I use, including web server, ircd, etc. It's convenient because I ...
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Is it a good practice to use certificates as a mean of client identification in a cloud environment

My software system is running a cloud infrastructure where having Linux machines VPN into OpenVPN gateway is a setup requirement. Also, there may be cases when software on the aforementioned Linux ...
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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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Self-signing client certificates and distributing them, is the following a sound procedure?

I have a case at hand as follows: There is a number of clients in Internet (i.e. untrusted channel), initially in hundreds but growing in numbers. There is a server doing processing related to these ...
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Remove CA from trusted CAs list while trusting it older certifications

Lets say that some certificate authority changed her security policy and we don't trust her new certifications. Is there any convenient way for an organization to remove this certificate authority ...
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Using SSL Certification in Multiple Locations

I have some issues with respect to using SSL Certificates. I have a website hosted in UK and I also have an organisation in South Africa hosting my company application online for web access. The ...
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How to generate keystore for root signed certificate?

I need to create keystore and truststore with root signed certificates. I have these files (at this step they are identical for client and for server): client_cert.pem client_prv_key.pem ...
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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 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 is the meaning of http://uri.etsi.org/TrstSvc/eSigDir-1999-93-EC-TrustedList/SvcInfoExt/RootCA-QC from ETSI TS 102 231 V3.1.2

From Technical Spec http://uri.etsi.org/TrstSvc/eSigDir-1999-93-EC-TrustedList/SvcInfoExt/RootCA-QC a Root Certification Authority from which a certification path can be established down to ...
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Which forensic techniques should I use to identify intrusion or monitoring of my computer or cellphone

If I suspect my computer or cellphone is being monitored by an unknown attacker, what tools or techniques could I use to detect or identify such monitoring?
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Why isn't there a Global Root for SSL?

I was just wondering why there is a file on your computer implementing the trusted root CA's instead of something similar to DNS where there is a file on root servers that computers check against to ...
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“Web of trust” for self-signed SSL certificates?

SSL certificates, generally speaking, use a "chain of trust" model - a trusted certificate authority (CA) gets proof that a company such as Amazon owns amazon.com and issues an SSL certificate. ...
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What stops a hacker from installing it's own CA certificate?

Taking a look at this (now rather old) article about the generated rogue DigiNotar certificates, it states the following: ...Such is the case with that small company in the Netherlands, ...
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Purpose of certificates signed and trusted by CA

Another newbie question but I just don't get the purpose of certificates signed and trusted by CA. We already have public/private keys, hash functions to sign/encrypt messages so why do we need ...
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Evil certificate authority in public-key-infrastructure

Alice goes to the certificate authority (CA) and registers her public key for signature verification. She gets a certificate for this from the CA. Bob requests Alice' public signature verification key ...
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SSL Certificate Signing by a CA

Per my understanding about SSL's, a user has to send his CSR to a CA (Verisign) to get it signed, and Verisign will send the sign X.509 certificate in return. What I don't understand is what, ...
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Why does the RFC 5280 dictate the CAs not to issue certificates with negative serial numbers?

I have tried to issue a certificate beginning with 8 to F but I have found it is impossible, mostly due to the RFC: The serial number MUST be a positive integer assigned by the CA to each ...
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Is it a good idea to generate certificate-specific CRLs? What is this technique called?

Suppose I create 3 certificates with the following CRLs Cert1 http://crl.server.com/batch1/root1.crl Cert2 http://crl.server.com/batch2/root2.crl Cert3 ...
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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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Isn't this the same as using a certification authority?

Taken from Wikipedia, here is the pretext to my question: A certificate authority (CA) is an organization that stores public keys and their owners and every party in a communication trusts this ...
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Protecting against SSL Strip [duplicate]

I've read you can attack connections using tools like sslstrip, if you are on the same network. So what ensures that our SSL connections remain safe? Does it depend on the cert strength? Do you ...
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Clarifying self-signed certificates vs root certificate authority

I hope someone can help me understand some fundamentals on SSL certificates that I've had trouble picking up from docs, Wikipedia, and just about everywhere else on the internet. I'm working on an ...
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Why do Certificate Authorites cross-sign each other?

A Certificate Authority (CA) issues digital certificates to certify the ownership of a public key by the named subject of the certificate. What is the rationale for CAs cross-signing each other (i.e. ...
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Corporate PKI - SHA1 deprecation

Here is the context. Suppose you have a corporate PKI with : AC_Root (offline in safe store - SHA1 signature) SubRootA and SubrootB (offline in safe store - SHA1 signature) SubSubRootC, SubSubRootD, ...
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Why would Comodo SSL certs have two intermediate CAs (chain length 4)?

Comodo certs such as PositiveSSL have a chain length of 4, including two intermediate CA certs. What would be the benefit to them, or to me, of this length chain instead of a chain length of 3 with a ...
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How to go about an ssl certificate renewal

I've got an ssl certificate from godaddy, and it's time to renew. I ended up with a single "keystore" file, which I give to my webserver (jetty). This is the process I went through to generate the ...
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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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Root certificate key usage (non-self-signed end entity)

This discussion does not include self-signed end entity certificates for hosts like web servers and mail servers. OpenSSL's default configuration for a CA certificate has the following keyUsage: ...
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Possible to use a YubiKey in HSM mode to secure a Windows CA infrastructure?

I'm looking for a low-cost Hardware Security module, and discovered that YubiKey has a HSM mode. I'm not entirely clear if this HSM mode is what I'm thinking, but I'd like to use it as the offline ...
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Should I customize my Root CA's thumbprint/fingerprint? (SHA1 or MD5)

My goal is to make a certificate's thumbprint "easier" to verify, and not reduce security in doing so. Given that the RSA-based Bitcoin technology has a concept called a "Vanity address" where the ...
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Why a self-signed digital certificate (X.509) cannot be altered?

I'm not experienced in code signing but I was thinking about this: as you know, there are various tools for self-signing digital certificate generation (as makecert from Windows or OpenSSL). Now, It ...
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Trust among the root-CAs

The system of CAs with the root-CAs and their subordinate CAs are IMHO in principle akin to the system of banks with their main sites and subsidiries. In the case of banks, a customer of a bank ...
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Inspecting a TLS Certificate to determine RSA Key Usage restrictions

With regard to this answer, I have a question about Key Usage in an SSL certificate. Most SSL server certificates have a RSA key which is not restricted through a Key Usage extension, so you can ...
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Browsers root CA accepted, countries and checking fingerprints

This is a question derived from several others, and I can not comment on those, so it is not duplicated, please read: In some related questions some users comment that: "They wouldn't ...
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CSR Signing simulation

Tried a lot get my test csr signed from root CA(trial versions option), somehow i am not getting it dues to some of their internal check. Few questions that cropped up Can i somehow signed that ...
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Clarification needed on CSR signing process

There doesn't seem to be a lot of in-depth information on the certificate signing process other than: Key Management Interoperability Protocol Usage Guide Version 1.2 (PDF) RFC 2986 - PKCS #10: ...
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Can CA issue a certificate without CSR?

My question is if the CA can generate a private/public keypair on behalf of the requestor and sign it with its own private key? Is there any standard way or protocol to distribute such a ...
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SSL Wildcard certificate to issue anther certificates

Let's say, that I buy an *.example.com SSL certificate. I want now to generate subcertificates and include the *.example.com certificate in a trust path: host1.example.com, with an alternate name ...
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Is the Common Name mandatory for digital certificates?

I'm working on a project, where we use the Common Name as a certificate's basic identifier. However, importing certificates without the Common Name fails. What's the default way to use digital ...
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Public Key → Certificate?

Is it possible to convert a public key to a certificate using the public key only? I've seen the following, which takes a private key to form a cert request, which can then be self-signed: openssl ...
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Where to get/buy a CSR generated S/MIME certificate

I'm not sure if the question is eligable for this board as I ask for concrete service providers which can be kind of advertisement, but there is also technical issue involved, so I give it a try. My ...
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Creation and deployment of self-signed certificates for a two-machine scenario

Let us assume that I have two computers: client server Now, in the server computer, I set up a legacy ASMX web service which will going to be used by the client. Before the client can connect to ...
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Internal CA for Digital Signature Solution - PKI Based

I'm trying to set up a digital signature solution which would work with a internal PKI. We have considered Microsoft Certificate Services, but we don't want to rule out any other option to set up a ...
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Installing a CA only for specific domains

For many reasons, it's often convenient for organizations to have their own CA (self-signed or otherwise). As I understand it, adding the CA certificate to a OS or browser will make it trust the ...
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PKI - Why Root CA is in intermediate CA section?

I can't understand why, when I accept to "install" a custom self signed Root CA on IE browser, the root certificate ends up in the "intermediate CA" section, rather than in "Root CA" section in the ...
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Must the distinguished subject name of an issued SSL Certificate match that of the generated Certificate Signing Request?

For example: from Issued SSL Certificate: CN = abc.com.my, OU = Room, O = House, C = MY from generated CSR: CN = abc.com.my, OU = Room , O = House, L = KL, ST = KL , C = MY Is it legal for a ...