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What are the advantages of EV Certificate?

What are the various advantages of using extended validation (EV) certificates than normal certificates which also provide comparatively high degree of encryption like RC4, 128 Bit? I know that the ...
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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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How does DCOM authentication compare to RPC based authentication/auth?

The following paragraph from MSFT Best Practices for 2003 PKI says Windows 2000 authenticated via RPC vs 2003 that authenticates using DCOM A CA running Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, ...
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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 are attribute certificates? Why would someone partition a certificate by reason codes?

In "How Certificate Revocation Works" a brief mention of Attribute Certificate and Reason Code partition is made: If validated by a client that supports partitioned and indirect CRLs, the IDP ...
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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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Checklist on building an Offline Root & Intermediate Certificate Authority (CA)

Microsoft allows a CA to use Cryptography Next Generation (CNG) and advises of incompatibility issues for clients that do not support this suite. Here is an image of the default cryptography settings ...
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Does Convergence solve the problem of hacked CAs?

My question is about the Firefox AddOn Convergence. So my question is if it is possible for convergence to observe that a phishing-site which is verified by fake Certificate because a hacker of a CA ...
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Getting started with SmartCards; what equipment do I need, what do I need to know?

I have an unused SmartCard slot on my laptop and I want to learn how companies take advantage of it. Are all SmartCard slots capable of reading and writing a blank card? Are there compatibility ...
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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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Does dnssec protect against malicious registrars?

With the recent conspiracy theories around the registrar MarkMonitor Inc., the question arises, if DNSSEC protects against a registrar going malicious (or being attacked). This is especially ...
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What is the actual value of a certificate fingerprint?

In a x509 digital certificate there is a "certificate fingerprint" section. It contains md5, sha1 and sha256. How are these obtained, and during the SSL connection, how are these values checked for?
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Does a CA need to have the same type of key as the certificates it is signing? RSA / Elliptic Curve (EC/ECDH/ECDSA)

I am making a CA that I hope to be able to sign RSA and Elliptic Curve-capable (EC) keys with. I was wondering if the best approach was: CA with RSA keys capable of signing RSA and EC CSRs CA with ...
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What is the danger of hosting your SSL certificate yourself?

I have Active Directory Certificate Services on my server, which makes it possible for me to deliver an SSL certificate for the websites hosted on the same server. I know that normally, I need to ...
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Are all SSL Certificates equal?

After running a few tests from Qualsys' SSL Labs tool, I saw that there were quite significant rating differences between a GoDaddy and VeriSign certificate that I have tested against. Are all SSL ...
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What web browsers support OCSP stapling? Are the privacy and performance features the same?

OCSP stapling decreases the load on a PKI infrastructure's OCSP server by attaching a signed OCSP response to the target in a TLS connection. In addition it creates a more secure/private session ...
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SSL/TLS Certificate Authority supply policy

I would like to ask for recommendations regarding the following issue: As a company with a number of customers worldwide we supply our product to many different sites. We need to shape our policy ...
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Issuing browser certificates to Chrome and Firefox with Microsoft CA

Most companies use IE with an ActiveX control to create a CSR and submit it to the CA for approval. Since many browsers either block or don't support ActiveX controls, how can I enroll them using a ...
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How does DNSSec work? Are there known limitations or issues?

Based on information from this site, DNSSec is needed to protect us from a number of DNS and SSL / TLS hacks, including: DNS spoofing, especially on wifi or shared medium Registrars that abuse their ...
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Getting a Root CA accepted in systems and browsers

I would like to ask about the procedures for a given CA to get one of its root CAs (SSL issuance CA) to get accepted and installed as a trusted root CA in operating systems and browsers.
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What is the worse that could happen if a government wanted to interfere with a CA?

In our time of SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, I was wondering what could happen if a government wanted to remove the certificate of a website ? CA are companies, so they would have to obey to instructions from ...
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Are there security design weaknesses in the EFF Sovereign Keys proposal?

In response to SOPA and a number of high profile security breaches at certficate authourities in 2011, the EFF has released a soverign keys proposal: ...
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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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On-line cryptographically signed date/time?

I’m looking for a source of on-line cryptographically signed date/time. I do not need a full timestamp service, as I am happy with the information « date/time was that », without a link to a ...
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Why are website certificates secure?

I understand how HTTPS connections work, and I also understand they they require a certificate to know that the secure connection you have is with the right server (and not someone pretending to be ...
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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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Expired SSL Certificate Implications

What are the security implications of an expired SSL certificate? For example if an SSL certificate from a trusted CA has expired will the communication channel continue to remain secure?
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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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how digital signature verification process works

I am not able to understand that how the digital signature is verified. I know that digital signature will be attached to the message and sent by sender to receiver. then receiver uses the public key ...
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Limiting the root certificate chain

I'm playing around with the idea of running a mini-CA with my (hobby) website, likely only used internally with a few select developers for internal emails, client authentication, staging/development ...
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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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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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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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Benefits to using EV certificates with a privately hosted Certificate Authority

For companies that have implemented their own internal CA, is there any benefit to configuring that CA to issue an EV certificate? Do any SSL Proxies (like Bluecoat) mimic the EV certificate of the ...
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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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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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Do I really need all these Certificate Authorities in my browser or in my keychain?

There are lots of strange looking Certificate Authorities in my keychain as well as Firefox. I am sure they are legitimate CAs (as they are the same on my Mac and PC and other computers I checked). ...
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Multiple CAs signing a single Cert/CSR?

Just saw this suggested on Slashdot So I've seen quite a few people wanting a switch to self-signed certs (who IMO mostly don't understand what making that secure actually involves), and an idea ...
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Can a wildcard SSL certificate be issued for a second level domain?

Something like *.com or *.net? How about *.edu.au? The RFC 2818 does not say anything about this topic.
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What are the risks of a Certificate Authority hack for 'the average user'?

Recently the DigiNotar CA was hacked, and rogue certificates were issued. Since they also issue certificates on behalf of the Dutch government, the government made a statement about it as well, ...
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Why does Facebook serve several SSL certificates?

Facebook seems to be alternately serving two SSL certificates, one from DigiCert and one from VeriSign. There are only two reasons for this that I can think of: They're in the middle of a ...
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What happens when an Intermediate CA is revoked?

Currently I'm working on a certificate manager that allows our product to securely connect to remote webservices (over TLS/SSL). For security, we use Certificate Revocation List checking (or ...
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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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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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security of PKI, Certificates, certificate authorities, forward secrecy

I want to understand how certificates add to the security of information exchange. Suppose i have a encrypted bidirectional connection between Alice and Bob, using a public key/private key pair. As ...
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Moving from a one tier to a two tier Microsoft Certificate Authority hierachy

Right now we have a single Microsoft Enterprise Root CA which issues certificates to our VPN users for two factor authentication. We're planning to extend use of the CA to issue certificates for RDP ...
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Renewing Microsoft Certificate Services Root Certificate

We currently have Microsoft Enterprise Certificate Server installed on a domain member machine which issues 1 year certificates to users for authenticating to VPN. We'd like to start issuing web ...
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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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Certificate authorities for a PKI

Some people think the certificate authorities for a PKI should be the government, but others think certificate authorities should be private entities, such as banks, corporations, or schools. What are ...
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How feasible is it for a CA to be hacked? Which default trusted root certificates should I remove?

This question has been revised & clarified significantly since the original version. If we look at each trusted certificate in my Trusted Root store, how much should I trust them? What factors ...