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 is the danger of hosting your SSL certificate yourself?

I have Active Directory Certificate Services on my server, which makes it possible for me to deliver an SSL certificate for the websites hosted on the same server. I know that normally, I need to ...
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Getting self-signed SSL certificates for all https connections made from some premises

Context: I'm currently working as an expat for my company in a country where the Internet is notably untrustworthy. It made the headlines a few months ago for stealing facebook, twitter and gmail ...
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Renew digital certificate

If I have deployed a digital certificate on a webserver and if it needs to be renewed then what steps do I need to follow? Will I need to generate a new longer public key private key pair? Why do ...
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Why are private certificates not trusted?

When we go to websites that have generated certificates themselves you see this red screen that says do not go there!: However when it is trusted by some companies it's all good. So I have a couple ...
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Personal digital certificate how to verify

A server certificate would have its domain name at its subject field. A personal certificate would have your name as the subject field. How can you be sure that there are no two certificates with the ...
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Why are CA's signing keys available on the internet

I am not very knowledgeable about CA certificates, but I thought these things mainly said "The public key for bank X is Y, and this is verified by CA Z". Once you've bought this certificate, there is ...
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A standard way to manually add a digital signature to a pdf file?

I've created a few certificates to use myself, but I find myself stumped when it comes to creating a certificate which contains a digital signature. First, how would I go about creating a standard ...
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Certificate chain

For my computer to verify the identity of a certain certificate should it have all the certificates up to the root certificate?
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How is certificate forgery with cheap CA's prevented?

In order to perform a successful man in the middle attack on HTTPS, one needs to either strip SSL layer and convert it to HTTP completely or needs to have a valid certificate from a CA for the same ...
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On-line cryptographically signed date/time?

I’m looking for a source of on-line cryptographically signed date/time. I do not need a full timestamp service, as I am happy with the information « date/time was that », without a link to a ...
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Understanding SSL certificate signing

I am trying to understand how SSL certificate and signing and the chain of trust works. I know about root CAs and that they are used to sign intermediate CAs that sign the end certificates that are ...
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How and when should I use OpenSSL for IT Security? How do I understand the output?

I'm discovering OpenSSL, and already used it to diagnose a faulty SMTP TLS connection, but I'd like to get a better / full understanding of the tool and how to use it. What resources should I use ...
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Why do embedded systems store server's public certificate in ROM?

In the home automation scenario, smart gateway can bridge the many smart devices with Internet. In many cases, a server's public certificate is stored in the embedded system's ROM during ...
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Which properties of a X.509 certificate should be critical and which not?

RFC5280's section 4.2 states Each extension in a certificate is designated as either critical or non-critical. A certificate-using system MUST reject the certificate if it encounters ...
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ASN.1: ENUMERATED vs INTEGER

From the X.509 specs: CRLReason ::= ENUMERATED { unspecified (0), keyCompromise (1), cACompromise (2), affiliationChanged (3), ...
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What risks would exist in transmitting an encrypted PKCS12 via Https

I have a scenario in which I would like to automate the deployment of client certificates generated by an issuer I control. The approach I am considering is given below, and I would appreciate ...
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What kind of certificate do I need to be able to sign my own subdomain certificates?

We are making a web-based application that will be installed in intranets as a virtual machine image (we send the user a CD with the virtual machine image, user runs it in a VMWare/VirtualBox/...). ...
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How protective should we be of an SSL client certificate?

We've got an application where the database connection requires an SSL client certificate. How protective do we need to be of this certificate? What are the implications if someone else gets it? I ...
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Is “Fingerprint Check” enough to verify HTTPS certificates?

So I'm at place A, see this sign: and I'm writing the fingerprints to a piece of paper (this website is just an example): Ok. Then, I go to place B (other country, etc.) then I check this ...
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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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Limiting the root certificate chain

I'm playing around with the idea of running a mini-CA with my (hobby) website, likely only used internally with a few select developers for internal emails, client authentication, staging/development ...
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Which signing key should I use for certifying other peoples public keys: master or subkey?

I have a Master Identity key (which is detached from my daily-use keyring) and both encryption and signing subkeys (all are RSA). I sign documents with the signing subkey: GnuPG selects this key ...
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SSL Cert Types and Key Usage

I want to use OpenSSL to create a CSR and submit it to my CA (which uses Microsoft PKI) and receive certificates that can be used for both Server Auth and Client Auth. I'm not clear on a couple of ...
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Encrypting local HTTP traffic using a self-signed certificate

For the past couple of hours I've been trying to create a self-signed certificate which I'd like to use to encrypt HTTP traffic between computers and a server on my home network (because I'm paranoid ...
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How do I learn Cryptographic/Mathematical notation

I asked a question earlier where it was recommended that I describe my issue using standard cryptography notation. How do I learn this notation and how to convey my approach? How can I annotate this ...
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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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Is Spoofing a CA signed certificate possible?

I had never thought about this situation before, I may be completely wrong but I am going to have to clarify it anyway. When a communication starts with a server, during the client handshake, the ...
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Any good free SSL proxy on windows?

I'm looking for SSL proxy capable of dumping requests. I want to test custom browser against SSL-MITM attacks. I'm able to re-route all traffic ongoing from browser to machine with proxy. ...
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What issues arise from sharing a SSL certificate's private key?

Scenario: I am hosting a website for a my client, who we'll call S. S owns the domain s.com and I own the servers that actually host the website. S now wants to enable SSL on their website. I have ...
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How do I check that I have a direct SSL connection to a website?

I always thought that if I had an SSL connection there would be no MITM attacks. Now it appears that isn't true (see comments in this question Is it okay from a security perspective to read foreign ...
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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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What web browsers support OCSP stapling? Are the privacy and performance features the same?

OCSP stapling decreases the load on a PKI infrastructure's OCSP server by attaching a signed OCSP response to the target in a TLS connection. In addition it creates a more secure/private session ...
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What fields in a suspicious certificate should I look at?

Looking at a certificate for a web-site (in Windows/Google Chrome) I see it lists the following fields Version Serial number Signature algorithm Issuer Valid from Valid to Subject Public Key Basic ...
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Does checking the fingerprint of a self signed certificate improve security?

I am currently developing a component for an application that does TCP communication with a device inside a local area network. I use TLS to provide data encryption, integration and authorisation. ...
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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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Getting a Root CA accepted in systems and browsers

I would like to ask about the procedures for a given CA to get one of its root CAs (SSL issuance CA) to get accepted and installed as a trusted root CA in operating systems and browsers.
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SSL CipherSuite Choices

In SSL/TLS, is the CipherSuite chosen by the server or the client? Also, can the certificate in any way dictate or modify the CipherSuite?
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VPNs vulnerable to MiTM because ANY certificate goes

I spoke to a sysadmin in a business center today who intended to basically perform a MiTM (as he called it) on every connection in his network because people in his office building are using VPNs and ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of the HTML5 Keygen element?

As of January 2013, what are the potential benefits and drawbacks of the HTML5 Keygen element?
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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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Is it possible to have multiple key lengths in PKI?

Is it possible to have multiple key lengths in a PKI? For example, use a 1024-bit key for the issued certificate, a 2048-bit key for the intermediate certificate, and 4096-bit key for the root ...
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Does a CA need to have the same type of key as the certificates it is signing? RSA / Elliptic Curve (EC/ECDH/ECDSA)

I am making a CA that I hope to be able to sign RSA and Elliptic Curve-capable (EC) keys with. I was wondering if the best approach was: CA with RSA keys capable of signing RSA and EC CSRs CA with ...
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Which attributes of a X509v3 certificate are never really used?

Are there any extensions/extended key usage attributes of a X.509Certificate that are rarely or never used in practice? Either due to never being part of an issued certificate or because they are ...
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Thunderbird - what happens if Gmail SSL cert gets spoofed?

I use a good MUA: Thunderbird [to read/reply to my emails on Gmail]. So: what happens, if i go to a place, where is public wifi, and someone tryes to sniff my password/username/emails? Questions: ...
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Why are Certificate Revocation List periodically renewed?

While studying a security course I have been asked this very question: Why are CRL periodically renewed, even if there are no new revoked certificates to add to the list? Honestly I can't find the ...
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How is an HTTPS login secure when pages use HTTP?

When someone go to eBay's website, they use an unencrypted connection between their PC and eBay's server. If they sign in, they are redirected to a secure site identified by its certificate and may ...
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Is there an SSL Certificate state-cache on Windows, IE, and Outlook and how it it managed?

Today I changed the SSL certificate that 3,000+ Outlook clients are using. In doing this I changed the certificate to an "older" one that had the same subject name, expiration and everything else. ...
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Root SSL certificates and browser support

I have given three certs to be install on nginx AddTrustExternalCARoot.crt PositiveSSLCA2.crt www_example_com.crt So I concat them into a chained cert cat www_example_com.crt PositiveSSLCA2.crt ...
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Avoiding MITM attacks when using HTTPS over mobile

There are a variety of other questions that address elements of this security issue, but none that seem (to a non-expert) to address the substantial core of the issues raised in this article: ...
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Why do we allow SSL certificates to be replaced before their expiry date, without revokation of others?

Imagine a situation where a rogue CA creates a certificate for your site. Since the user's browser trusts the CA, it will accept the certificate without any fuss. However, the site's real certificate ...