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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Active Directory - Certificate Based Authentication - Multiple certificates for user

First, I have very limited knowledge about AD. Problem: I authenticating users on AD using user certificates. I want to authenticate user on various devices (including mobile devices). Each will ...
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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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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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Windows - service account default certificate store

I am writing a web app that connects to external web services. The external web services serve an intermediate certificate signed by Thawte SGC CA - G2. When I setup IIS to run the web app using ...
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Internal code-signing certificate on Windows

I'm looking to improve defense-in-depth on a system, primarily by closing some holes in injected DLLs. Certain applications installed on the system cause helper DLLs (e.g. shell extensions, BHOs, ...
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How can a trusted intranet certificate be issued if they are being phased out?

I've just seen this article regarding the phasing out of intranet names on SSL certificates. However, CAs such as this one claim to still issue them and it will be "Trusted by all popular browsers" ...
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unexpected thumbprint when connecting via remote desktop - what now?

I have an Amazon EC2 instance in a VPC. I have not logged into it for some time, so I used the Amazon EC2 CLI with ec2-get-console-output to check what the thumbprint should be when I connect. To my ...
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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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Is running a DNSSEC enabled DNS service as hard as running a CA?

I think we all know that running a CA is really hard to get right. Now there's a "new" system that uses digital signatures to associate data with names: DNSSEC. DNSSEC signs the DNS records and ...
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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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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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How can I know that the CA certificates in my computer have not been spoofed?

As far as I know, the browser contains the certificates of several CA. When I access http://gmail.com, the site says it is Gmail, it exposes a certificate signed by one of the CA I have in my ...
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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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Does http support encryption without https (like STARTTLS)?

Does http support encryption without https, akin to STARTTLS in smtp? This may sound like a stupid question, but just think about it. Banks require strong encryption, and cannot do business without ...
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Do on-demand SSL certificates exist?

A few days ago, I visited an SSL protected website. Since Safari complained about the SSL-certificate, I did a short inspection: The certificate was issued by GoDaddy in just the minute I ...
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Should expired compromised certificates be taken care of if the time is always correct?

I am trying to set up a CA for my company, and issuing every employee a digital certificate and a private key. I am worrying about revocation and expiration. In my case, the root certificate of CA is ...
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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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How safe is SSL on an untrusted computer and network?

In situations where the consumer doesn't trust/control the workstation and the network, can consumer safely do potentially sensitive activities (like making a payment or transferring confidential ...
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What happens if the CA has knowledge of private keys?

In a classic PKI scenario, the certificate authority receives signing requests generated by an end-user which owns the keychain, and thus has his private key secret. Consider a scenario in which the ...
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What is the point of certification authorities that are not trusted by browsers (=trusted by Root CAs)?

See here: https://www.cacert.org/index.php?id=1 Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer warn that it is not trusted, essentially making the entire thing useless. If I want some kind of ssl certificate, ...
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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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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 is the most secure way to do OCSP signing without creating validation loops?

I'd like to enable the most secure OCSP validation that Windows 2008 SP1 and newer support. Based on the following information, am I required to implement id-pkix-ocsp-nocheck on my OCSP ...
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What is the deal with Valicert SSL root certificates?

Does anyone know what the status of the "Valicert Class 2 Validation Authority" root certificate is or what's going on with Valicert in general? I've heard that that cert has been deprecated, no ...
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Is there any mechanism to audit which signed certificates are unrevoked?

We are currently using EasyRSA and OpenSSL to manage our user VPN certificates for OpenVPN. The process we have in place currently is: User generates a CSR on their laptop and sends it to us to sign ...
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Why self-signed https is less trustworthy than unencrypted http?

It wouldn't be far-fetched to guesstimate that at least 50% of the web traffic can be intercepted in 2014. However, a guesstimate of active interception attacks is likely an order of magnitude ...
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Are Extended Validation certificates any more secure than regular ones?

Or are they just an attempt to get you to pay more money to a CA because it tells your browser to show the address bar in green with your organization's name? Also, what are the technical details ...
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How can I get my SSL certificate signed by an CA for web application that runs on localhost

I have a web application that runs on localhost. I have a self-signed certificate for tomcat configured but when loading the website on firefox, I get a security exception. Can I get a CA to sign my ...
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Is Certificate pinning different from CA pinning?

I am trying to understand if pinning a certificate essentially means pinning the CA or if they are different how so ?
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How does an offline CA revoke certificates?

If an RSA private key of a root CA is stored offline, how does it revoke certificates it signs? From looking at OpenSSL config the default_crl_days option seems to indicate that a CRL must be ...
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Looking for general guidance on securing web API application for client applications and users

I have a web service built with WebAPI that accepts JSON requests and responds accordingly. The core architecture is built but there isn't any authentication/authorization. After a lot of googling ...
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Certificate Chains When Importing Signed CSR Response

I'm interfacing with a secure web service, and authenticating using a client certificate. I'm confused about step #3 in the client configuration: Generate a private key into keystore Generate a CSR ...
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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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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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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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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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If your company/university requires you to install root certificates what protects you from man in the middle attacks?

Let's say that I'm on a university (or company) network that requires you to install a root certificate to connect to their website. Now let's say that you trust these people but not anybody else. Is ...
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CSR from IIS 8 and Keeping my Private Key a Secret

I've been trying to understand something. When you generate a CSR from IIS, how is the private key kept as a secret, or is it? Do CA's email you a certificate that includes your private key? Because ...
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Authentication through digital certificates plus signature

While studying X.509 certificates, I've found that authentication is safer if I associate/combine one or more certificates with each signed message (certificate + signed message). The receiver of ...
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How are public key certificates updated securely?

Let's say I get a new computer that's never been connected to the internet before. The first time I connect it to the internet, is it susceptible to a mitm attack while downloading its public key ...
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Why does facebook php sdk (and multiple others clients) include CA bundle with a lot of CAs?

This is what facebook ships with their API php client: https://github.com/facebook/facebook-php-sdk-v4/blob/master/src/Facebook/fb_ca_chain_bundle.crt It contains dozens (hundreds?) Root CAs. But ...
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Why do public key certificate “Trust anchor”? Does this introduce a single point of failure?

When you look at currently used concept of Root CA (primarily in SSL/TLS context), you can see a single-point-of-failure vulnerability, which means, if your private key is disclosed, you automatically ...
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Different SSL states as seen by Safari, Chrome and Firefox

Today, I visited some sites of the German DHL group. While Chrome and Safari complain about an invalid certificate of Firefox accepts it. Which one is right, which one is wrong? Which decision ...
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Security Certificates - Tools to Generate Security Certificates

I want to create a self-signed certificate that will be installed as a trusted certificate authority. I then want to create another two certificates which are signed using the private key of the ...
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SSL certificate trust chain shows root certificate with 1024-bit public key - Is this evidence of a MITM attack?

My account at my domain name registrar was hacked and I am trying to understand how the hackers were able to steal my login credentials. Because the root certificate in the trust chain for the ssl ...
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HTTPS client certificates for server-to-server

Say you have two servers with certificates proving their domains (e.g. for use with HTTPS). Can one of these servers use their certificate as a client certificate when talking to the other, so that ...
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Possibility of using CA as an attack point by governmental organizations under their pressure

I was always concerned about the model of trust behind CA stuff we use . Well, for most of us, it is OK to trust them, since they are reliable organizations with a bunch of solid experience. ...
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What's the mitigation strategy for when a CA's private key is stolen?

I'm new to SSL/TSL and was wondering if you could walk me through the following scenario. Scenario Let's say I am one of a thousand websites that has a certificate signed by some certificate ...
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How do I get a third-party-signed ssl client certificate?

I've been given a requirement of providing a client certificate to authenticate between two application's web services. The other application (that I don't host) is requiring an SSL client certificate ...
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Is there a website or other resource that lists operating systems/platforms and the included root certificates?

I need to choose a certification authority (CA), to get a certificate, but I noticed that there are several of these only present in some operating systems/platforms like windows. I need to choose one ...