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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What vulnerabilities could be caused by a wildcard SSL cert?

In a comment on this answer, AviD says: "There are numerous security issues with wildcard SSL certs." So, what are the problems? I understand that the same private key is being used in multiple ...
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Multi-tenancy, SSL Certificates, and Subject Alternative Name

The X509 specification allows a CA to issue a single certificate for multiple hostnames, by using the "Subject Alternative Name" extension. From the spec: The subject alternative name ...
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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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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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Why can the validity of an SSL certificate exceed the registration period of a domain?

I can understand why one might desire to purchase a certificate for multiple years but I am left wondering why it appears to be possible to obtain a valid certificate for a domain that may have come ...
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SSL Certificate revocation check

In the SSL protocol I don't see where the certificate is checked for revocation status. https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Introduction_to_SSL Is the Certificate Revocation and Status Checking not ...
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Obtaining an S/MIME certificate without disclosing my private key to the TTP

I would like to obtain a trusted S/MIME certificate, but all the certificate authorities I have asked so far generate the keypair on their server, sign the certificate and send me both the private key ...
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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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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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When you buy a certificate, does the certificate authority have (a copy of) the private key?

I always assumed that the process for getting a (trusted, not self-signed) certificate was more or less like this: You generate a public and private key pair From this key pair you generate a ...
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What is a Certification Path in SSL certificate?

I've been trying to learn more about Digital certificates for the past few days and I'm struggling in order to understand how actually this concept is applied in the real world. Anyways, as I visited ...
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Choosing an SSL certificate provider

Does it make any difference which provider I get my SSL/TLS certificate from? In particular, what are the pros and cons getting an SSL certificate from Verisign vs getting one from Thawte? Which one ...
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What's the difference between X.509 and PKCS#7 Certificate?

Am I correct calling file with .p7b file extension saved as 'Cryptographic Message Syntax Standard - PKCS#7 Certificates (.P7B)' in Windows - a 'PKCS#7 certificate'? Or is it better called 'X.509 ...
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google certificates correct CA [closed]

I view certificates of https://www.google.com.ua/ So I thought, when requesting via cURL, if I point by CURLOPT_CAINFO to those certificates (GeoTrust Global CA and Google Internet Authority G2 in ...
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Openssl generate different type of self signed certificate

Does anyone know how to use openssl to generate certificate for the following public key type: 1) DSA - For DHE_DSS key exchange. 2) Diffie-Hellman - For DH_DSS and DH_RSA key exchange. 3) ECDH - For ...
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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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How to go about an ssl certificate renewal

I've got an ssl certificate from godaddy, and it's time to renew. I ended up with a single "keystore" file, which I give to my webserver (jetty). This is the process I went through to generate the ...
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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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Is my Company Tracking Me?

Every time I try to connect to a site through HTTPS from my office computer, there is a Certificate Error thrown 2-3 times before showing the login screen. Till now I use to ignore this and click ...
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Trying to understand why signatures in root certs “are not used”?

Taken from here: Don't worry if the root certificate uses SHA1; signatures on roots are not used (and Chrome won't warn about them. Why are the signatures not used? Are not root certificates ...
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What's keeping a malicious man in the middle server from forging a valid certificate

According to process of authenticating a server certificate: What's keeping a malicious server to fill up a valid server certificate since it knows all the things: Forged Server public key (man ...
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Can an intermediate CA be trusted like a self-signed root CA?

Is it possible within the limits of the X.509 specification to mark an intermediate CA as trusted for a specific purpose, e.g. to verify a VPN, HTTPS etc. server key, just like it would work with a ...
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'Trusted CA Certificates' and 'Trusted remote Certificates'

What is the difference between Trusted CA Certificates and Trusted remote Certificates?
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Use Client Certificate using Self Signed CA while using Web Certificate of a publicly trusted CA

I would like to ask if it is possible to use different CA for the client certificate and the web certificate? For example, I would use Verisign to sign my web certificate while I use my Self Sign ...
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What are the real-time applications of long term digital signature with timestamp

I want to know the real time applications that uses digital signatures with timestamps. Specially I am interested to know the applications where we can trust an old signed document which is now ...
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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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SSL root certificate optional?

I may have been under the wrong impression on how servers should be setup and what certificates actually get sent over during the server hello certificate message. I came across this today from ...
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Public keys without the certificates

There are two clients and a server. Each client generates an RSA key pair and uploads public key to the server. The server associates the public key with the user identifier that is specified during ...
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Is possible that a TLS server send more than one certificate to the client for the same site?

What I'm trying to archive is enable ECDSA and DSS ciphers in my site, but at the same time not depend just of self signed certificates, so I could sent to my client more than one certificate and them ...
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Why is a CSR hashed?

What are the use cases for defining something other than the default SHA1 hash in a CSR? Is it to protect the digital signature, public/private keys? What is it protecting exactly?
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Trust among the root-CAs

The system of CAs with the root-CAs and their subordinate CAs are IMHO in principle akin to the system of banks with their main sites and subsidiries. In the case of banks, a customer of a bank ...
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How can I use certificates to secure my webservices? What is available to javascript?

I have a few web services that are accessed over public wifi connections and I think it would be a good idea to issue certificates to encrypt data, prevent MITM, and invalid impersonation (beyond what ...
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self-signed certs that aren't the final certificates in the path

The X.509 spec makes frequent statements like this: (b) If certificate i is self-issued and it is not the final certificate in the path, skip this step for certificate i. How can you have ...
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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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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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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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How do I constrain Windows Smartcards for AD Authentication so that “anyExtendedKeyUsage” is not implied?

This document describes how there are 3 ways to constrain a SmartCard certificate The Enhanced Key Usage field defines one or more purposes for which the public key may be used. RFC 5280 states ...
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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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How to stop/detect someone else registering a certificate for my domain

With the proliferation of low-cost automated CAs what can be done to mitigate the attack of someone doing a spear phishing attack to get a login to our webmail system, then using an automated service ...
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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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Why is it a good idea that X.509 digital certificates have an expiry date?

What is the benefit of having certificates expire at some fixed date?
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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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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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Steps to find out whether a SSL certificate is trustworthy

For doing business with a company I have to browse to https://www.prioenergie.de/nc/mein-prioenergie.html (German website). Firefox says the certificate is invalid, because it is not signed by a ...
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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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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

This relates to PKI and certificates generally but websites more specifically. Could you get a verified certificate from a CA that is signed and fine for use, and then use it to sign your own ...
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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 ...