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

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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 does a developer interact with Microsoft Certificate *Web Services*

Microsoft Certificate Web Services is a HTTPS web service (WS-Trust) that has no Kerberos dependency and can be used on a variety of devices. This is new in Windows 2008 and is separate from the ...
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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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What damage could be done if a malicious certificate had an identical “Subject Key Identifier”?

I'm looking at the the Subject Key Identifier attribute of a CA certificate and am trying to understand the role it plays in validation and infer how validating client software could get it wrong. ...
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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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What should a CRL file name look like when “new” and “delta” CRLs are generated?

I suspect my Windows 20012 Certificate Server CRL revocation configuration is incorrect every time I generate a new CRL or a new Delta, only a maximum of 3 files are generated. When I created the ...
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What Enhanced Key Usages are required for PKI infrastructure tasks? (OIDs for OSPF and CRL signing, etc)

I'm building a constrained PKI that specifies EKUs for the the entire hierarchy and want to document the OIDs required for PKI tree maintenance tasks. I understand that clients may not validate the ...
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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 happens to a certificate's Basic Constraints when a policy map is used?

One feature of a Basic Constraint when applied to a certificate (CA or end certificate) is that I can specify the maximum number of CAs that are permitted in the chain. I'm planning on having a 2 ...
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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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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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Why CAs instead of global fingerprint database?

Why do we use "too big to fail" CAs and the chain of trust instead of a global fingerprint database in a similar vein to how ssh works?
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Self-signed certificates usage for code signing purposes

if a self-signed certificate is trusted by the client's certificate store, then it should be fine to be used, since the client trusts the issuer of the certificate as it does any other trusted CA ...
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Forged SSL without installation of root CA, possible?

Consider visiting a secure website like Gmail. Is it possible to forge the website certificate only by having full control over the internet provider? I mean is it practically possible for a provider ...
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Server Certificates, certificate authority, and servers

I currently have a valid wildcard certificate installed on OS X 10.8.2 server. To make sure we know what I'm talking about the cert is *.domain.com (example only) I'd love to use this to secure as ...
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How do certification authorities store their private root keys?

Knowledge of a CA private key would allow MitM attackers to transparently supplant any certificates signed by that private key. It would also allow cyber criminals to start forging their own trusted ...
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Public key Infrastructure

Here the MD5 hash is being encrypted with the private key of the sender. But I read in a paper that private key is only used for signing and not encrypting. Is the image wrong or can private key ...
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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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When distributing a CRL over HTTP, what is the optimal refresh time? What logic affects this decision?

When distributing a CRL over HTTP, what is the optimal cache and max age settings (etc) for this distribution mechanism? Related information on a different answer Consider using HTTP instead ...
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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 to create trusted chain of certificates if I have the last certificate?

Good day. During last two weeks i had been trying to create my xmpp client app which will be connect to the xmpp server via TLS(because server it's using) My server is: telnet xmpp.odnoklassniki.ru ...
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distribution mechanisms for CRLs

From the X.509 RFC: DistributionPoint ::= SEQUENCE { distributionPoint [0] DistributionPointName OPTIONAL, reasons [1] ReasonFlags OPTIONAL, cRLIssuer ...
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What alternatives are there to the existing Certificate Authority system for SSL?

Whilst the current CA system works very well for a lot of people, it does put a lot of power into individual CAs' hands, and makes a CA hack potentially devastating for customers and business. What ...
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Why not buy cheap SSL certificates? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any technical security reason not to buy the cheapest SSL certificate you can find? The comparison in Godaddy's website, makes it clear: they're just cheaper ...
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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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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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Which .CER file format is more secure for purposes of an AIA record?

What file format is most appropriate or secure for the AIA record in a PKI certificate? The options I'm aware of are: DER encoded binary X.509 (.cer) Base-64 encoded X.509 (.cer) I also have the ...
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How is an X509 certificate signer verified?

Lets say I create a self-signed certificate A and use it to issue certificate B. I put certificate A in my trusted root authorities so that all certificates signed by it are accepted. My question is, ...
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For SSL certs, is some sort of connection to the issuing CA (or other network resource) required for the SSL connection to be established?

I was reading an article on creating a certificate authority, and came up with this question when I came to the section entitled "Distribute your certificates and CRL". Background: I am deploying ...
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Is Spoofing a CA signed certificate possible?

I had never thought about this situation before, I may be completely wrong but I am going to have to clarify it anyway. When a communication starts with a server, during the client handshake, the ...
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Are there technical disadvantages in using free ssl certificates?

Note this question is related, except this one is about free SSL certs. There are providers who are offering totally free entry-level SSL certs (like StartSSL). I was wondering if they are ...
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Is there any technical security reason not to buy the cheapest SSL certificate you can find?

While shopping for a basic SSL cert for my blog, I found that many of the more well known Certificat Authorities have an entry-level certificate (with less stringent validation of the purchaser's ...
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Curious about best start for autoresponding Certificate Authority (CA)

I am just getting started trying to implement some internal PKI ideas, where my app would need a cert to 'sign' messages. Since this is all completly internal, we have some degree of trust, and I ...
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What kind of certificate do I need to be able to sign my own subdomain certificates?

We are making a web-based application that will be installed in intranets as a virtual machine image (we send the user a CD with the virtual machine image, user runs it in a VMWare/VirtualBox/...). ...
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How are Chrome and Firefox validating SSL Certificates?

How are Chrome and Firefox validating SSL Certificates? Are they requesting data from an SSL certification website, like GeoTrust, to validate the certificate received from the web server?
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Domain name expiration and TLS

If I purchase a domain name that has expired, do I have any assurance that the previous owner does not have a valid HTTPS certificate for the site? In other words, do CAs check domain name expiration ...
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Signature and Timestamp for Long Term Document Archival Question

I have a PDF document intended for long-term (many years, maybe decades) archival which I would like to digitally sign with my personal certificate to ensure its integrity. As far as I understand, I ...
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Can an intermediate CA be trusted like a self-signed root CA?

Is it possible within the limits of the X.509 specification to mark an intermediate CA as trusted for a specific purpose, e.g. to verify a VPN, HTTPS etc. server key, just like it would work with a ...
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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 TLS-in-TLS supported in any software? Does it make sense? [closed]

I got fun idea how to increase the security of the SSL (TLS) for websites. However I think there is no support for it in the browsers, so I thought I could add it eventually, but have no idea if it's ...
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How secure is HTTP basic authentication over SSL? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is BASIC-Auth secure if done over HTTPS? I want to set up a web server on a computer at home which will basically do no more than send the browser a file which contains ...
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Does it make sense that OCSP returns state for the signer CA itself

I have seen an implementation that in signature verification time searches for OCSP responses signed by the CA validating the status of the CA itself, so my question is if somewhere (maybe RFC2560) ...
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SSL cert not turning green anymore

I'm running a drupal site and have asked about this issue pertaining specifically to the drupal aspect of it here. I know that the "Green" https url doesn't show up because the cert itself isn't ...
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Internal SSL Certificates?

As a developer I really like the idea of using OpenSSL to get perfectly good, free, SSL certs. Unfortunately, from all the research/analysis I've done so far, it doesn't look like there is any way to ...
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How do I use OpenSSL with the Java Keytool?

I believe I understand how OpenSSL works, and I believe I have a good game plan for setting up an SSL server on my private network, but before I go through the process of downloading and configuring ...
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Why can the validity of an SSL certificate exceed the registration period of a domain?

I can understand why one might desire to purchase a certificate for multiple years but I am left wondering why it appears to be possible to obtain a valid certificate for a domain that may have come ...
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Purpose and Uses of Root SSL Certificates

I'm trying to wrap my head around the technical inner-workings of SSL and one of the last things I'm choking with is the concept of "root" SSL certificates (as opposed to "non-root"?!?). When and ...
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Request/Creating a Code Signing Certificate

I have need for a code signing certificate which is trusted by a CA in the windows domain. How do I request/create this certificate? Do I have to request a code signing certificate on the ...
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Any problems with UCC (multidomain) SSL certs on iOS and Windows Phones?

Are they any known issues with UCC (multidomain) SSL certs on iOS or Windows Phone? Let's say I want to have Exchange server under outlook.mycompany.com and RemoteApp Portal under ...
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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, ...