A piece of data used in public key cryptography that contains identifying information (i.e. email address or web address), a hash of a public key, and a digital signature that authenticates the data in the certificate.

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SSL Certificate Trust Model

I have been looking at the SSL Certificate Trust Model, and there is something that does not make sense. If I am correct, the trust model makes it that if there is a chain of certificates with a ...
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Error code: sec_error_untrusted_issuer

I need help with a security issue concerning this code that has just been popping up recently as I visit my favorite websites. Based on some past history I KNOW something is not right, and I am not ...
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openssl, create RC4-SHA certificate

gmail.com Google, fb,... use RC4-SHA. How does one create RC4-SHA self signed cert ? Or even with aes128 key ? I tried using using "genrsa -aes128", resulting cert was DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA openssl ...
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Best Practices for Storing Digital Certificate

I'm building an application where certain sensitive files need to be digitally signed before being stored in the file system using ASN.1 encoding, so they can be verified against a digital certificate ...
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How do websites prevent certificate forgery?

I have recently developed interest about Wireless hacking, and I have seen in many instances in videos and stuff that people are (or more correctly, were) able to perform some kind of MitM attack ...
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What SSL certificate do I need?

I have 2 domains, one where the website is hosted (lets call it www.a.com), and another (lets call it www.b.com) which has a CNAME record pointing to the first one (www.a.com). Which one should have a ...
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Why does Windows windows suggest/have completely different (and seemingly valid) intermediate CA certs for a given leaf cert?

Is it normal for multiple intermediate CA certs to have the same Subject Key Identifier? Why does this happen? I always thought that this was a unique attribute. I have come across some odd cases ...
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Verification of client certificates

I've read a lot of articles about client certificates. Please correct me if I'm wrong: client certificates are issued using CA CA could be created by myself (self-signed) or bought client ...
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Find private key from private certificate

I have a private certificate from my email server in order to sign emails. At Section "Your S/MIME Personal Certificate" I can view my: private certificate public certificate My public certificate ...
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SSL/TLS certificates that only certain users can use to talk to my server

are there something like SSL/TLS certificates or other equivalents which could allow only certain trusted users (from the internet) who have my server credentials in their browser to access my web ...
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Cannot connect using ECDH-RSA-AES256-SHA

I try to establish an SSL connection using the ECDH-RSA-AES256-SHA cipher using OpenSSL, but it fails saying "no shared cipher": On the server, I run: $ openssl s_server -cert selfsigned_cert.pem -...
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Certificate expiry validation - in what stage?

I'm implementing certificate expiry validation for a client. I'm not sure about the following. Is there a standard/popular implementation regarding the order of validation- Check if the ...
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sftp first connection before exchange cert

If a client connects for the first time to a server via SFTP, the first connection before receiving the server certificate is transmitted in the clear?Let me explain: it is assumed that the client ...
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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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Will CA's still validate internal IP's in SSL certs?

Just wondering what Certificate Authority (CA) policy is nowadays on validating someone's internal IP address in a certificate? I have heard that some CA's used to do this but won't anymore.
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How does a browser choose which certificate to use if my web server has multiple certificates?

I'm using Apache 2.4, with two certificates, one RSA signed by CACert, and one ECC self-signed. Neither of these certificates provide a path to a broswer-trusted root certificate. My question is ...
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When visiting an HTTPS page for the first time, why isn't there a prompt for the certificate?

I installed a fresh Windows 7. I wonder why when I visit website using HTTPS, I do not get asked to accept their certificate like shown on this picture:
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My certificate seems fine but my TLS fails (Cert not validated)

I set up my certificate for my mail server at https://mail.xxxx.com/ I exported my certificate as described in my mail servers documentation and pointed to it in the server settings. The certificate ...
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SSL Server Certificate optional

In RFC 6101 (Of SSLv3), In page 22 ServerHello Certificate is marked with * which means optional or situation-dependent messages that are not always sent. It means that Certificate is optional in ...
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Unrecognized leaf certificate

Every 15 minutes or so I get this message in my system.log Apr 25 22:05:36 Ivans-MacBook-Pro.local apsd[194]: Unrecognized leaf certificate Apr 25 22:20:57 Ivans-MacBook-Pro.local apsd[194]: ...
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Howto pass overly protective corporate firewall

My Corporate Network was always being monitored, but a few days ago they started to block and censor all HTTPS traffic. Recently IT guys forged certificates for all major HTTPS web sites and acts as a ...
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Does critical SubjectAltName IP:x.x.x.x on an SSL client certificate limit where the certificate can be used from?

I have a requirement to limit SSL certificates by source IP. Would setting a critical SubjectAltName limit this (server side validation is by OpenSSL via nginx)? If not, how could this be implemented?...
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Sending Client Certificate to Server

I have a simple question. Is a web browser sends client certificate to the web server on demand(means web server is configured for client authentication and demand the client certificate) or just ...
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Additional security for WebRTC/DTLS-SRTP with PGP?

I am having a thought experiment. Can you help me? Two clients who both use PGP. They initiate a WebRTC call using DTLS-SRTP via a 3rd party server. Is there any benefit of encrypting, via their ...
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Challenge Response across several hops

This is a follow-up question to "When should I use Message layer encryption vs transport layer encryption". I need to send a certificate from the mobile phone to the server. Regardless of all the ...
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Is using “SHA-256 with RSA-2048 Encryption” a secure certificate hashing algorithm?

Is using "SHA-256 with RSA-2048 Encryption" a secure certificate hashing algorithm? I don't think it is. Two examples: nsa.gov [careers site] give.wfp.org
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Do secure ciphers break multi-domain certificates?

In the past days, I was halfway successful with securing my websites. So far, I have achieved the following: Get a certificate from letsencrypt.org, securing the domains example1.com, example2.com ...
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What server software uses .der?

So apps linked against openssl uses PEM, and Windows generally uses PKCS12, but I haven't seem much .DER in the wild - what server software uses DER?
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TLS 1.2 mutual authentication certificate based standard

I'm running an analysis on a TLS1.2 mutual authentication certificate-based client-server implementation and I'm wondering if there's a RFC or a reference document covering the handshake process when ...
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SHA-1 deprecation and self-signed certificates

I am confusing regarding SHA-1 deprecation. We use self-signed certificates signed with SHA1 and the expiration is after 1 January 2017. According to this blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/pki/...
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Relationship between SSL cert database and that at the CA site

Say I am using a trusted third party CA site to manage my cert. I created a new cert called CertA at the CA web interface, downloaded the signed cert and use it on my web server. Some time later I ...
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What exactly is IE / Chrome checking when I view the “certification path” tab on cert connection details?

When I bring up certificate details for a web page in IE or Chrome, I have the option to view the certificate hierarchy (under a tab called "Certification Path"). Here's an example for security....
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Should self signed wildcard certs be used?

I think this is more urban legend around where I work than anything. I do not see anything in RFC 2459 that specifically says whether or not they should be used or if there are any known problems with ...
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How to extend x509 certificate validity

I have two x509certificate, and now they are expired. What I would do is to extend the validity date of these certificates (I don't want t creat new one). Can I do this with openssl or other tools ?
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Using a minimal set of certificate authoraties

It been known for quite a while now that SSL is more of a security-illusion than a real one. As it's not completely useless, and there's no real alternative at moment (though convergence looks ...
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How to generate self-signed EV SSL Certificate?

I configured XAMPP / Windows on my laptop so that this URL: https://www.supersite.com/ points to XAMPP / localhost rather look elsewhere. I basically generated a self-signing certificate, imported ...
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Is a self-signed SHA-1 certificate sufficient security for a company transmitting sensitive data?

We recently decided to pay an ISP (a substantial sum, mind) for a managed internet service up to and including the router in our head office. Part of the initial discussions made it clear that ...
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Possible to change the CA that a keypair is using?

Pretend I take the same CSR and send it to two different CAs as described in the following scenario: I create a CSR on Windows I submit the CSR and edit my SAN names. Request is pending at the CA ...
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Does Renewing SSL certificate change its thumbprint / Fingerprint

I would like to know, if renewing a SSL certificate will change my thumbprint? The certificate has expired. If it can be same then under what conditions can it remain same. Many thanks in advance.
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Uploading pfx certificate to Azure

In order to use SSL with a custom domain in Azure Websites you must upload a pfx file with your certificate and private key to Azure. What are the ramifications of trusting Azure with the private key,...
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Does a self-signed certificate offer more protection than a public key?

I'm having a hard time finding the practical benefits of transmitting a self-signed certificate over simply a public key. I understand that a self-signed certificate proves the integrity of the public ...
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SSL for only parts of a website… How does it work?

I understand that CAs issue certificates based on common names (CNs) like www.amazon.com and that certs are not based on URLs like www.amazon.com/stuff. How is it that when I go to www.amazon.com, it ...
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How do proxy servers protect their SSL certificates?

Suppose that there is a http proxy server outside the firewall of an organization hosting a web server. All client connections to the web server happen through this proxy. The client negotiates SSL ...
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client SSL authentication .pem file and .crt files

So I have minimal knowledge of security really but I'm a primary developer on an application which handles some sensitive data that we want to be secure. The application communicates with one other ...
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Mixing green (EV) ssl certificate with non EV certificate

We have a green (EV) SSL certificate for our site and images are fetched from the same domain (https). Currently we are planning to change the images domain (for performance issues) and put them in a ...
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Mechanisms to offer inexpensive https to all second level .wiki domains

I'm working with the registry for .wiki, a new generic top level domain set for public availability in June 2014. We're going to be giving away hosted wikis to registrants of .wiki domains and I'd ...
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Using public/private key without signed certificate

I am working on a java program and I am now working on its network security. I want to use a secure connection since it transfers a lot of sensitive information. On all security guides it is mentioned ...
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Server not requesting for certificate in SSL handshake

I have one windows service and web service trying to make a web service call over TLS. I have setup the certificates in MMC and I am able to successfully connect using the web service. However, when ...
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non-MiTM Reverse SSL

Do non-MiTM Reverse SSL Proxies exist? Or do all proxies that do SSL-SSL mappings decode and then re-encode HTTPS traffic? If this is the case and I want to map https://mypublicdomain.com -> https://...
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x509: must the signature algorithm and public key algorithm match?

I'm having trouble getting Firefox to send an encrypted message using a certificate, and I've found that the only difference between this one and others that work fine are that this one has a DSA ...