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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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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How is an X509 certificate signer verified?

Lets say I create a self-signed X509 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 ...
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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 ...
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What is the real use of certificates on the web?

When you get a certificate from a website you visit, signed by a trusted CA, is it trust-worthy because the CA authority did a background check on them? But how does this help with spoof websites? ...
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What email addresses are treated as trusted?

Windows Live recently suffered a security incident because they didn't realize that email addresses like administrator@live.fi are considered "trusted": some certificate authorities will consider ...
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Is there any way to check the certificates in a client's root CA store?

When a client connected to a web server, is there any way the check to see what root CAs the client has? Edit: Could I use JavaScript to send a GET or POST request to the server, providing a ...
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Trust CA and parent CA, but not other derivative CAs [duplicate]

I've got a problem with a client connecting to a server through an SSL-secured socket. The problem is with my requirements and the way the certificate chain gets validated. I've got three CAs to sign ...
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In order to trust the digital certificate, does immediate CA cert also needs to be in trust store or root CA cert is enough?

In order to trust the digital certificate, does immediate CA certificate also needs to be in trust store or root CA certificate is enough?
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Certificate Subscriber Agreement

So, I decided to get an EV SSL certificate and I'm struggling to fill in some field on the agreement. Never done this before, anyone could help me figure this out for me? Thanks in advance!
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Begin of Certificate/ End of Certificate dash “-----”

What significance does the dash "-" holds along with the line -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE----- or -----END CERTIFICATE-----. I checked multiple docs and linked RFC's as well but could not find the ...
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Explicitly prohibit an intermediate CA certificate on OpenSSL

How do you explicitly not trust a particular certificate (especially, CA certificate) for OpenSSL? On NSS-based applications, one can install the cert with trustarg p: prohibited (explicitly ...
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How can a domain be impersonated with a fraudulent SSL certificate?

I was reading this article about the fraudulent certificates from Comodo back in 2011. It talks about domain impersonation. I understand that a fake website could be secured with the fraudulent ...
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CSR signing follow up question

This is a follow up question , after getting a signed certificate from one CA. researched a lot , but no luck. After getting the CA reply, While downloading the certificate, it popped up saying ...
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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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Can a CSR be created in OpenSSL with SHA2?

Can a CSR be created in OpenSSL with SHA2? If so, what would the command be and what does this tell the CA, if anything? If you could create a CSR using SHA2 would it "tell" the signing CA to use it ...
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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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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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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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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 revoked certificates be “lost” if the base CRL is updated before expiration?

Assumption Suppose I have a CA that issues a base and a Freshest CRL. I also understand the Freshest CRL to be a Delta of revoked certs in the base. I also understand that clients should pull the ...
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Making the Firefox key and CSR creation process transparent

Background I was a bit surprised that several CAs do not allow anymore to send a plain old CSR in text form to them which was created in the classic fashion with OpenSSL or similar. But this would ...
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What are some scenarios I would use MSFT Certificate Enrollment Web Services?

The Certificate Enrollment Policy Web Service and the Certificate Enrollment Web Service are made for non domain connected machines to retrieve certificates of various kinds. When setting this up, I ...
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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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Can any CA sign any domain?

Can any CA sign any cert for any domain? If the answer is yes, what prevents having two different CAs creating a valid cert for the same domain? Does that mean that the whole TLS security has 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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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 part of TLS specifies how to verify a certificate chain

I have sometimes run into a situation where I see a root CA certificate which is set to expire sooner than the intermediate CA certificate. My question is - if you were interested in keeping your ...
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What is the purpose of the CA-BUNDLE on a webserver?

So I purchase a certificate from DigiCert. The process goes like this: Generate private key and CSR on web server. Submit CSR to DigiCert. Get a signed certificate back as well as their root ...
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Why do certificate authorities often require/use multiple intermediates?

I suppose this is related to What is an intermediate certificate authority? but I think my question is a bit different so I'll ask it anyway. Why do most modern certificate authorities (e.g. ...
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Are certificate authorities required to obey to the signature algorithm (hashing) specified in the CSR?

I was playing a little bit with signature algorithms, trying to determine which CAs among the ones I use are currently issuing SHA2 certificates. I generated a CSR specifying the SHA256 hash (either ...
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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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Are there other roots of trust on my computer aside from these 46 root certificates?

I've heard many people imply that modern browsers and OSes trust a myriad of root certificates. The implication is that it is impossible to ensure the private keys of all of the root certificates ...
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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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Security of certificate when using DNSSEC

When setting up secure server, it is suggested not to use self-signed certs and instead to be signed by a CA. Of course, post-Snowden we now know that there may be problems with CA's that could allow ...
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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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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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Is client cert authentication with a 3rd party PKI cert any safer than using self-signed?

I am working on a small M2M project (a few hundred nodes connected to a single cloud server), and want to use client certificate authentication, with each client getting its own unique cert at ...
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Is there a Standard Verification process for Certificate Authorities to follow?

So the premise of the question is to quantify the risk of wild card certificates versus regular certificates. From my research the greatest fundamental danger of wild card certificates is the ...
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Current standard of authentification

What is the current standard of authentification? I thought it is server and client authentification. But I typed for e.g. https://www.google.com/ and checked the packages in wireshark. And there ...
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Website Implementing https site w/ self signed certs and CA

Q: How best to handle the issue of security warnings for a website using certificates from its own CA (ie, selfsigned)? I am some what torn on how to do this - I have a number of implementaiton ...
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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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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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Re-Use Client Certifactes

I have a legacy web application where user are identified and authenticated with client certificates. Now, customer wants to use the same client certificate to authenticate against a newly created web ...
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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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How do certificates work in protecting against a man-in-the-middle attack? [duplicate]

As I understand it, if Alice and Bob wants to communicate securely, they must first agree on the protocols that will be used. Then they must confirm that they are indeed communicating with each other. ...
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Installing and updating a CA certificate on a client

I am trying to implement a system where a client can download application packages from a server to install/update them on the client. I suppose that the client is something like a platform on an ...
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Is it possible to use an open collection of default SSL certificates for my browser?

Browsers and OSes come with a set of default SSL certificates for well known organizations, such as root certificates from CAs. I understand that the trust model is as follows: I pick (actually my ...