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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Are SSL certificates from a CA necessary for secure communication?

Am I right in thinking that SSL certificates from a CA are purely for identification purposes and serve no purpose in the actual encryption of data? In other words if I were to create a self signed ...
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What data should I validate when validating X.509 certificates using Java?

Well I began with PKI a year ago with RFID system at school. Now I'm asked to implement this in my job. I understand most part of the idea. The doubt is about the certificate validation. I know it ...
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Is it possible to create a self signed certificate authority?

Would it be possible to create a legitimate certificate with the CA bit set? I dont have a usecase associated with this, I'm merely curious. To explain my question : Suppose I sign a public ...
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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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What is an intermediate certificate authority?

What is meant by an "intermediate certificate authority?"
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Who is this strangely named Certificate Authority?

I'm researching certificate authorities, and I just have no idea what to think of the CA named x00Ax00-x00Tx00rx00ux00sx00tx00 x00Gx00ex00sx00.x00 x00fx00xFCx00rx00 ...
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SSL Client Certificate authentication

Is it possible to make a program which uses client certificate authentication with only public and private key (I have not generated any certificate, I have only public and private key). Simply, I ...
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How to distribute client certificates without exposing private key?

I'm desgining a B2B web service based on WCF. As the number of clients is relatively small and security is a priority, i have chosen to go with X509 client certificates for client authentication. I'm ...
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Is it possible to detect SSL private key changes?

I wonder if it would be possible to detect a change of an SSL private key? If you change the key, then I think one must issue a new certificate, but new certificates could be issued without changing ...
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How do you verify a certificate belongs to a domain?

I'm using PHP and trying to verify a SSL certificate belongs to the SMTP domain/IP I'm connecting to. Currently I can verify the certificate is valid using the following code $resource = fsockopen( ...
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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 verify certificate with very little information

Lets assume there is a server and a client and you want to connect those two. Server has a self-signed certificate, and prior to establishing the connection for the first time (enrollment) the server ...
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Are Windows Updates susceptible to tampering, eg. using a MiTM attack.

My real question is how are patches and updates authenticated in general. But for example how does windows know a windows update is really a windows update, does it just trust the URL or is there some ...
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What does it mean for a digital certificate to be “signed”?

When someone says that a particular digital certificate (like an SSL cert) has been "signed with a key", what does that imply? Does that mean the certificate simply includes a key that should be used ...
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Is it okay to just secure (using SSL) the login page, but not the rest of the site? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the pros and cons of site wide SSL (https)? I'm creating a custom PHP/MySQL CMS for a client (because Wordpress is overkill for this client's particular needs). ...
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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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Can the client certificate authentication process treated as a user digitally signed the content(and then get verified on the server)?

The authentication was triggered by certain event (like approving button) on the form. In the process of client certificate authentication (in IIS), user was asked to use their PIN (private key) and ...
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How powerful are top Verisign executives?

I believe that VeriSign has issued a big share of world's SSL certificates. Many corporations and governments use them. Is it possible for a person that has access to Verisign private keys to sneak a ...
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Does Authenticode still work offline and with a “fake” certificate

Here's our story: We're developing some software (written in C#/.NET) and we're already signing the assemblies with strong names, I do this in Visual Studio with a pfx file that is protected by a ...
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What is the severity of a fake certificate?

I'm not a security specialist, thus reading this Google Blog post about a fake *.google.com certificate, raises a lot of concerns, if anyone can impersonate a website, especially a google website, my ...
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What is the state of the Windows Update certificate after Flame?

May 28, The Flame malware is discovered in Iran and by Kaspersky Labs. June 5, Dan Goodin (Ars Technica) points out that Flame had hijacked WindowsUpdate, spreading signed malware through that ...
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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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From a trust perspective, is renewing a CA certificate the same as trusting a sub-CA?

I'm trying to understand the validation logic that would occur in the following hypothetical scenario An unpatched XP user who trusts a list of root CAs. Those CAs in particular have been renewed ...
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How would you know a certificate/private key if you extracted it from RAM? Or would you?

Related to, of course, the heartbleed vulnerability, I've been reading the news about the worst case scenario for this attack being the extraction of the SSL private key, because, of course, this ...
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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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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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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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Protecting the Java keystore with a weak password, what's the risk?

From my understanding, the Java keystore contains certificate information, but this information is public (i.e. other machine certificates which you want the local machine to trust). Is there ...
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Certificate Revocation List

There are many fields on a certificate revocation list (CRL) like Algorithm, Parameters, Issuer Name, This update date, Next update date, user certificate serial #, etc. While I understand the purpose ...
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How to secure a certificate internally

Say I have a certificate which I use to sign the software I ship. This happens in the (daily or more) build on the buildserver (Windows machine). Easiest solution would be to put the certificate file ...
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What did the certificate authority do with my CSR?

I needed to reach a web service which is not mine. The IT department of that web service has asked me to send them a CSR (certificate signing request). Then, he will send me back a signed certificate ...
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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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How long shall a certificate be valid?

See title. Are there any sources where there are recommended validity times of certificates (based on length, algo, etc)? I'm particularly interested in validity of RSA certificates...
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Web Certificate invalidation - You might be connecting to a website that is pretending to be [Site name]

Recently while trying to log-in to Facebook this notification starts to appear: At first I ignored it (by pressing Continue), but it started to popup every time I navigate through the website! I ...
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How is an Authenticode timestamp verified?

For an Authenticode signed file to be verifiable by Windows after the original signing certificate has expired (typically 1-3 years after issue), the file also needs to have a cryptographically signed ...
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Single domain SSL certificates, actually support 2 subdomains?

While browsing for SSL certificates, specifically domain validation type (the cheapest), I noticed that they advertise as valid for a single domain/subdomain, but then I noticed that they are valid ...
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Why are SSL certificates valid only from a certain date?

Each SSL certificate is valid starting from a specific date and up to the expiration date. What's the point in that "valid from" date? Why do we want a certificate to only be valid after a specific ...
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Extensions for SSL server certificate

I have some question about the X.509 v3 extensions. What extensions should appear in a proper certificate for a SSL server ?
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Is an AIA or CRL useful / required at the Root CA if that Root is used to cross certify another PKI?

Suppose I have several independent PKIs that are used Two internal PKIs: One with SHA1 support the other with Suite B algorithms. A partner who I trust and have a policy map with. Since both my ...
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Does the following data stream look secure to you?

I understand the basic concept of SSL but maybe I am missing the point. Please could someone take a look at the following part of a test log to a server and tell me if it looks secure. My concerns are ...
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TLS server key: possible to sign another TLS server key?

If I have a valid (verifiable) certificate C_K_s that links the server key K_s to "www.example.com", is it possible to : use K_s to sign K_d, and let S_K_d be this signature use K_d as the TLS ...
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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 secure is TOTP key on phones?

Our company is considering several options in moving to MFA with software OATH TOTP or yubikey OATH OTP. In regards to where the secret is stored, I'm aware that a yubikey or similar hardware device ...
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Is there any research on which SSL certificate authority has the best browser compatibility

We're about to release a service that requires website owners to embed our javascript code on their site which will then serve the script from our server similar to Google Analytics. (yes I'm aware of ...
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What is the impact of certificate validation level (or class) on deployed web applications?

Certificates can have a class level (or validation level). What is the impact of these levels on deployed web applications? More specifically: Is the certificate level included in the certificate ...
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How to configure Browser to detect revoked certificates?

In the context of the Heartbleed bug I would like to make sure that I can detect if someone tries to do a MITM attack with a stolen certificate, which since has been revoked. The problem is that ...
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How does an end user differentiate between OV and DV certificates?

This is a very good link that explains the different types of SSL certificates and level of trust provided by them. An Extended Validation (EV) certificate it is easily identified by the green color ...
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Cellphones IMEI public exposed?

Currently I'm in the middle of a developement process, and I have some security questions for you. I have a webservice, asp.net which is configured to run over https. The first authentication step for ...
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Which extensions to use for a S/MIME certificate?

Analogously to the SSL server certificate question, which extensions should I use for S/MIME, and should the CA be restricted somehow as well? (I'm using openssl, which at the moment creates CA and ...
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Standards for CA cert revocation and time-constrained cryptographic algorithm parameters

I'm working on software that will be in use for foreseeable future (15 years+) that will need to validate XAdES-A signatures (long term archival, similar to PAdES-A, but for XML). That means, it will ...