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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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 ...
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Certificate authorities: history and registration

CA's are a key part of the internet's infrastructure few people are aware of. SSL was mostly hacked together at Netscape in 1995. I'd like to understand more about the organizational structure of CA's ...
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What do people mean by “top-down manner” in X.509 certificates?

What do people mean by saying that X.509 certificates work in "top-down manner"? Do they say that because CAs can do cross certifications?
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Windows' default certificate store for intermediate vs trusted root certificates - my self signed root CA cert goes to 'intermediate' by default?

Is it possible to create self-signed root CA certificate that Windows will import to Trusted Root by default instead of Intemediate certificate store ? Obviously, it won't do it without the big giant ...
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Are intermediate signing certs the only secure+practical way to manage OpenVPN client certs?

My organization needs to issue (and revoke) OpenVPN client certificates for people working remotely. Our system is based on a standard OpenSSL CA setup and the easy-rsa tools, and the whole directory ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 portal.mycompany....
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Self-signed cert - how it works

I am new to SSL / digital certificates / signatures. What I know is that a digital signature must be verified/decrypted using the public key. So a cert that is signed by a CA must be verified/...
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SSL Client Authentication Failure

I have a setup where the client wants to make https call to the server. The client has a certificate installed on the machine The trust chain of the cert: Root CA      |----...
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is x509 certificate signed by ca valid?

I've got certificate 'sample cert' which is valid to '2015-12-31' but it was signed by root CA certificate. But when it was signing CA cert was valid to 2015-06-30'. So my question is, is today (2015-...
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Extract the content of PKCS7 file in Java

I have a PKCS#7 signature that have the content‐type signed data and it embeds an XML document, and I have to extract the xml document from this PKCS7 file. Anyone know how to do that in java ??
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Methods for immediate certificate signing

I'm an absolute newbie in the enterprise CSR and certificate generation process. So kindly point out any obvious silliness in the question. Is it possible to completely automate the process of CSR ...
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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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Digital Certificate Repository Integrity

I am trying to figure out if there is an automatic way to determine if a digital certificate repository has been tampered with. Does anyone know of a way to do so?
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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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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 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 ...
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Why are CA's now signing root certs with SHA2?

I see that CA's are now giving the option of having the root CA cert signed with SHA2. I have been told that the hashing function in a root has no security value, and is irrelevant as far as a ...
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Certificate authority structure - best practices

I'm working for a company that sells software products to customers some of which do not have the resources and/or know-how to build and maintain their own CA (used for the SSL communication of our ...
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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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Signtool validation fails when signing and validating are done in different machines

I am signing an exe from a machine using a cer file. Then when I validate the EXE using the signtool.exe from the same machine, it succeeds. But when I try to validate it using the same .cer installed ...
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Strange CA certificate prompt

My network went down for a minute today, then this window popped up: Can someone here clarify this for me? I was using firefox. I had google, youtube and outlook open. My name isn't even close to ...
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Windows certificate verification with timestamping

I have been trying to replicate the behaviour of the Digital Signatures tab on windows file properties. I'm using WinVerifyTrust api and X509Certificates namespace to achieve my goal. I've managed to ...
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Client authentication using the pfx not working

I have a requirement to generate the client certificates(pfx) files from another server certificate which are provided by a CA. Firstly I tested the following based on http://www.jayway.com/2014/09/...
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Security implications of CA signed SSL cert for local development

Curious to know the security implications and potential risks involved with getting a CA signed cert for localdev.mydomain.com, and issuing it to all the developers who might need to spin up a local ...
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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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Finding the type of SSL certificate with cURL

This is a part of curl's verbose output when connecting to the HTTPS site of Google. * Server certificate: * subject: C=US; ST=California; L=Mountain View; O=Google Inc; CN=www.google.com * ...
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Sending Digital Certificates

I used the makecert tool in order to create: a self-signed certificate a server certificate using the self-signed certificate a client certificate using the self-signed certificate I then ...
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Can a certification authority sign another CA's certs?

Disclaimer: I have low knowledge of X.509 and PKI, so I would appreciate an answer that is not entirely technical, i.e. by using real-life example scenarios.) I was searching for information about ...
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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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Can a wifi provider decrypt HTTPS usind MITM without users noticing? [duplicate]

As a router, can I send forged certificates, and intercept requests to CA and return responses that they are valid. So I could MITM all https traffic, and spy on my users?
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How to become an internationally recognized certificate authority (CA)?

What's the procedure a certificate authority (CA) must follow to get internationally recognized, like Verisign or GlobalSign?
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Is there any point to keeping a “Verified by X” image on the page for a page secured by SSL?

So, I saw this on a page: (The redacted part says the name of the entity that owns the domain) The page recently got SSL certs verified by GeoTrust. The image is on https://smarticon.geotrust.com/...
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Can any website secured using TLS can be impersonated using a rogue certificate issued by a rogue CA?

Any website secured using TLS can be impersonated using a rogue certificate issued by a rogue CA. This is irrespective of which CA issued the website’s true certificate and of any property of that ...
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SSL-certificates for overlapping domain regions?

Suppose, a server hosts https://www.master.com/ and thus is equipped with a (single domain) SSL certificate. Furthermore, suppose there are some web apps below master.com: http://wiki....
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Should each service running on a domain have a separate certificate?

I have a domain name with dynamic DNS (DDNS) for my home server on which I expose multiple services (web server, wikis, issue trackers, etc.) online. Some services are hosted by the same software (e.g....
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Do not trust all intermediate certificates

I have a trust store containing SSL certificate chain up to Root CA certificate: Root CA -> Intermediate CA - SSL certificate According what I saw as a best practice, only Root CA certificate should ...
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What is the purpose of SSL Certificate Authority (CA)?

What is the purpose of an SSL Certificate Authority? How would a CA prevent dishonestcompany.com from doing something dishonest? What does the CA signing of the SSL/TLS cert for dishonestcompany....
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What does browser do when it queries xxx.example.com and it gets a certificate for yyy.example.com(top level domain is same)?

The question is actually about what level of validations browser does when it gets certificates of some other domains like case 1: Accessing abc.google.com and got def.google.com case 2: Accessing *....
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Why/when would a CA make a generated public key available to the public at large?

I'm confused about this section in my CEH security exam training material: A CA is able to perform a number of roles in addition to the validation process outlined here. Some actions that a CA is ...
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What is Autocsr and is it secure?

I read an interesting article about something called autocsr for SSL certs. After reading I still could not figure out how it works. Doesn't generation of CSR happen on my box? The CA won't have ...
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Difference between KMS and PKI

While the PKI System deal with digital certificates life cycle and Key Management System (KMS) deal with keys life cycle. What is the the fundamental difference between them? Is it possible to ...
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Do all non-CA certs have to be End Entity certs?

Still learning the differences between certs. Can someone explain? The internet has so far been surprising not lucid in describing certificates. *EDIT to clarify EE