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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How is an X509 certificate signer verified?

Lets say I create a self-signed X509 certificate A and use it to issue certificate B. I put certificate A in my trusted root authorities so that all certificates signed by it are accepted. My question ...
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Are certificate authorities required to obey to the signature algorithm (hashing) specified in the CSR?

I was playing a little bit with signature algorithms, trying to determine which CAs among the ones I use are currently issuing SHA2 certificates. I generated a CSR specifying the SHA256 hash (either ...
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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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Is there an SSL / TLS 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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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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“Manually” verify a certificate

I want to 'manually' verify a certificate and the first step in doing so, I accessed paypal.com and obtained the following RSA modulus and signature value. modulus = '...
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What real life scenarios require separate end user certificates for Signing and Identity?

Based on this question, I'm interested in any rational argument that would support the idea of maintaining separate signing and authentication certificates. Conventional logic & wisdom says there ...
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Reset Windows trusted certificates store to its default

Over the time I have installed several additional trusted CA certificates to Windows trust store, sometimes because an app pushed me to do so, some other times for development and testing. Is there ...
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Prevent and/or detect installation of root certificates on Windows?

I noticed that some applications installed root certificates on my computer. Is it possible to prevent this? Or is there a firewall or such that notifies me?
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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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How are digital certificates compared?

I have read about SSL and TLS; I know how RSA works and why digital certificates are necessary (more or less), but I am curious about how we prevent a fake digital certificate. The operating system ...
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HTTPS self signed certficiate for personal website

I want to make my Synology NAS accessible over the internet. When I create my own certificate and import this on all my devices (PC, Laptop, Smartphone, Tablet, etc.) is this as secure as buying a ...
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SSL certificate chain verification

After reading many articles and watching many tutorials I decided to be specific because there are some things about SSL certificate chain verification and SSL cetificate verification in general that ...
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Why do some certificates specifically identify a corporation and most don't?

Looking at a handful of websites that allow for/require HTTPS, I realized that the certificate for a few of them specifically identifies the owning corporation, but some (most) don't. What's the ...
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Is there any way to get Chrome 27 to trust a self-signed cert? [closed]

I'm running latest gen Chrome (27) and preparing a demo that requires using a self-signed cert to support HTTPS on a local IIS website. The cert has been created with the correct common name for the ...
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How trustable are third party root certificates?

I recently tried to use Fiddler2 from a third-party vendor Telerik. While decrypting the HTTPS traffic of my network, it asked me to install its own root certificate in my Windows operating system: ...
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Internal SSL Certificates?

As a developer I really like the idea of using OpenSSL to get perfectly good, free, SSL certs. Unfortunately, from all the research/analysis I've done so far, it doesn't look like there is any way to ...
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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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What are the problems with creating an own CA for intranet?

In the comments to Creating my own CA for an intranet several people strongly advise against creating your own CA for an intranet. Especially: don't do it. Nope. Bad idea. Buy $10 CA signed ...
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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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Adding self signed certificate to trusted store

I have been reading about certificates and often is said that self signed certificate should not be added to the trusted authority store and even if you did, remove it after usage immediately. MSDN ...
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Do client certificates need to be trusted by the client?

I'm looking for some clarification around the trust requirements (if any) of client certificates. I'm working with a third party to access their services via Mutual TLS. I generate a CSR, send it ...
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Why is there no Domain CA?

I was asked to deliver a signed SSL certificate for an IIS server for a client. I have previously done this for the same client/domain before, so it start to seem like an unnecessary expense to hold ...
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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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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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Why does GoDaddy have four different certificate chain, G2, G3, G4?

I see from Godaddy they have multiple certificate chains https://certs.godaddy.com/repository GoDaddy Certificate Chain GoDaddy Certificate Chain - G2 GoDaddy Certificate Chain - G3 GoDaddy ...
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Proving running code on a website is unchanged

Can it be proved to the user that the running code behind a website with security related code is the same as published? I'm currently looking at a few new project ideas and one involves secure ...
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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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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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Are there any smartcard/hardware-tokens for certificate-based authentication which are easily destroyed?

It's all very well to use multi-factor authentication, but supposing you want to 'destroy a factor' so that in an situation where you are likely to be coerced to provide your passphrase, you can ...
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PKI solution vendor selection

What would you look for in a (X.509-) PKI solution, and why would you look for that, given the following constraints: Available programming/sw-engineering know how is limited (ie, "OpenSSL with a ...
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Would using distinct IP addresses help support browsers with older SSL implementations?

We have a site with two wildcard certificates: *.foo.com and *.bar.foo.com. All of our subdomains resolve to the same IP address. Newer browsers work fine with this, but IE7, for example, does not. ...
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How to check if wifi is safe while travelling?

I'm quite a bit of a traveller. So i tend to just stay with my smartphone and sometimes notebook. I'm not a security expert but i would like to check how to know if wifi is safe to use. For example, ...
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I see two different sets of certificates for Google websites when I am at work and when I am at home

I see two different sets of certificates for Google websites when I am at work and when I am at home. I mean if I save the certificates (in firefox, click on the "Google.com" block on the left of ...
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Why the symmetric key is added to the message?

Yesterday in my class we learnt how to send a message from Alice to Bob with the achieved goals of confidentiality, integrity and authenticity. In order to have a better performance we use a hybrid ...
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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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Why are there very expensive and cheap SSL same type certificates? [duplicate]

I am about to launch an online shopping site (currently running http) and I was thinking heavily of moving to SSL which includes a green bar, because this is very important. However, when I first ...
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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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How do user receive server's certificate?

Let's imagine our user's computer wants to talk to some server for the first time in history via https. The computer sends a hello message, the server sends his public key and the 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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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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What Country, State and City should I choose when requesting an SSL certificate?

I am really confused about the country, state and city I should select when submitting an SSL certificate. Should I provide the location of my servers or my current home address?I can always reissue a ...
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How does adding a random serial number improve a certificates' security?

This article says: "Finding collisions is a tricky process, since it requires you to muck with the bits of the public key embedded in the certificate (see this paper for more details). Also, ...
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Why are website certificates secure?

I understand how HTTPS connections work, and I also understand they they require a certificate to know that the secure connection you have is with the right server (and not someone pretending to be ...
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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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Validating an SSL certificate chain according to RFC 5280: Am I understanding this correctly?

we're in the process of replacing certificates with SHA1 hash due to Google's move to let them appear less secure in Chrome. The replacement certificates use a different intermediate CA than the ones ...
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What damage could be done if a malicious certificate had an identical “Subject Key Identifier”?

I'm looking at the the Subject Key Identifier attribute of a CA certificate and am trying to understand the role it plays in validation and infer how validating client software could get it wrong. ...
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Does the SSL encryption strength or validation level of a website really matter?

When looking to get an SSL certificate one is presented with a lot of options. For example lets take Network Solutions since they have a nice comparison chart. Immediately there seems to be 4 major ...
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How to use encryption on a site that only uses an IP address, no domain name?

You can use SSL/TLS certificates and etc. on sites with domain names, but I don't know if it's possible to use them for IP addresses. If this is the case, would I have to use a self-signed cert and ...
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Did scammers take control of a subdomain to host phishing site?

This morning I received a text message (ostensibly) from my bank: We need to contact you. Please visit https://paymentassistance.nationwide.co.uk for more information My spidey sense immediately ...