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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Is it safe to send a CSR via email?

I'm new to commercial SSL certificates and would like to know if a CSR that I generate is safe to send via email?
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X.509 certificate policies question

I asked another question about certificate policy mappings. This is a different issue. This is about Certificate Policies. To quote from the X.509 RFC: In an end entity certificate, these ...
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Should I regenerate new SSL private key yearly? [duplicate]

Im' renewing my certificate every year. Since I have to make a CSR, should I also renew my key pair at the same time, or is it ok to get a new cert with the same key ? Please supply any security ...
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OCSP and CRLs: Specified in CA or client certificate?

Here's an example PKI setup: * Root CA (offline) * Issuing CA * Client 1 * Client 2 I'd like to specify a CRL distribution point for CRLs generated by Root CA, and an OCSP URL for Issuing ...
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Digital Signature and Verification?

AFAIK , When Alice wants to write a message to Bob -- she uses Bob's public key and encrypt the message - and then Bob - using his private key - use to decrypt it. So public key is used to decrypt ...
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Adding custom data in X.509 certificate

I am using SSL with client authentication. I need to send some extra data while sending the client certificate? Can I send it in the certificate? Can I use the extension fields in certificate for that ...
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What issues might exist with TLS-OBC's emulation of Browser Certificates?

TLS-OBC is an RFC proposal that increases SSL/TLS security by using certificates on both ends of the TLS connection. What's special here is that the client is permitted to dynamically create a local, ...
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Certificate Transparency

From what I read here, if the intermediate CA has been compromised, a fake cert can be issued and the privacy of the end-users could be compromised as well. In order to remediate this situation, ...
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How to create an Apple Installer Package Signing Certificate

How can we create a certificate with the following Extended Key Usage extension using OpenSSL? Extended Key Usage extension, critical, with a purpose containing Developer ID Installer Package Code ...
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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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How are possible uses for X.509 (SSL) certificates denoted?

X.509 certificates can be used for servers, clients, email, code signing and more applications. http://twitpic.com/6gdxaq indicates that a certificate can have different of these 'capabilities' on it ...
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What is an intermediate certificate authority?

What is meant by an "intermediate certificate authority?"
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Isn't this the same as using a certification authority?

Taken from Wikipedia, here is the pretext to my question: A certificate authority (CA) is an organization that stores public keys and their owners and every party in a communication trusts this ...
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Is it a good idea to generate certificate-specific CRLs? What is this technique called?

Suppose I create 3 certificates with the following CRLs Cert1 http://crl.server.com/batch1/root1.crl Cert2 http://crl.server.com/batch2/root2.crl Cert3 ...
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What OID Issuance Policies are appropriate for SmartCard and Browser Certificates?

I'm investigating issuance policies for SMIME and Browser certificates with different levels of assurance. For the purposes of S/MIME and Browser certificates, should I even use an assurance policy? ...
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Using a verified certificate to sign others

OK my Google Fu has failed me as I'm not exactly sure what I'm searching for. This relates to PKI ad certificates generally but websites more specifically. Could you get a verified certificate from ...
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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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SSL Certificate framework 101: How does the browser actually verify the validity of a given server certificate? [duplicate]

Sorry I know this is a complete noob question and at the risk of posting a somewhat duplicate topic. I have a basic understanding of public/private key, hashing, digital signature... I have been ...
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How can I know when a certificate was created?

I want to know whether my various providers changed their certificate because of Heartbleed, or they are using an old vulnerable certificate. How can I know that? Is the "valid from" date also the ...
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What is the difference between `extendedKeyUsage` and an application policy?

In some Microsoft articles like http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731792%28v=ws.10%29.aspx, I find some confusing statements like Application policies are sometimes called extended key ...
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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 use 'key material' so that multiple people can access protected files?

I'm not sure if this is the right SE to ask this question, but it seems more I have a database of files that needs to be encrypted such that multiple people with different passwords/logins to this ...
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Risks associated with distributing encrypted private key with our software?

Our software contains two executables that need to serve data over SSL (and several that need to do requests over HTTPS)). I notice that it is distributed with some .PEM files created with OpenSSL. ...
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Generate CSR with 2 OU Names

I have to create an application which generates a CSR. While generating a CSR we are required to fill in several details like CN, OU, etc. The problem is that the Certifying Authority to which I have ...
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How to troubleshoot why Thunderbird rejects a PKCS#12 certificate with “Could not verify this certificate for unknown reasons”?

After playing around a bit with openssl, I created a PKCS12 certificate which imports flawlessly in Firefox while Thunderbird "Could not verify this certificate for unknown reasons". Talk about a ...
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Signature and Timestamp for Long Term Document Archival Question

I have a PDF document intended for long-term (many years, maybe decades) archival which I would like to digitally sign with my personal certificate to ensure its integrity. As far as I understand, I ...
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What are the OIDs (KU and EKU) necessary for Smart Card Authentication in Windows?

MSFT smart card authentication is listed in PKINIT RFC 4556 however I don't see any OIDs listed. Based on this and this KB article the EKU section of the certificate should contain "Client ...
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ECDSA ciphers and forward secrecy question about key exchange

I have heard that with forward secrecy that the ECDSA ciphers generate different keys for "each session" because they are not dependent on the private key of the server. My question is how is "each ...
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Can IE be made to imitate the behavior of Chrome's KeyGen element?

Is there any way I can repurpose existing ActiveX controls or functionality to get IE to work with the KeyGen element? Assistance getting Safari to work with this optional HTML5 spec would be ...
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Authentication methods without trusting 3rd parties unless explicitly indicated

The plan is to have a situation in which no third parties have to be trusted unless you explicitly indicate so. For example CA's are only used when the contact explicitly added the CA as a trusted ...
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Generate openSSL certificates from within C code using commands?

This is an openSSL command for generating a private key and a certificate, openssl req -out CSR.csr -new -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout privateKey.key The question I have is whether there is some ...
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Is TLS-in-TLS supported in any software? Does it make sense? [closed]

I got fun idea how to increase the security of the SSL (TLS) for websites. However I think there is no support for it in the browsers, so I thought I could add it eventually, but have no idea if it's ...