A public-key infrastructure (PKI) is a set of hardware, software, people, policies, and procedures needed to create, manage, distribute, use, store, and revoke digital certificates. In cryptography, a PKI is an arrangement that binds public keys with respective user identities by means of a ...

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Checklist on building an Offline Root & Intermediate Certificate Authority (CA)

Microsoft allows a CA to use Cryptography Next Generation (CNG) and advises of incompatibility issues for clients that do not support this suite. Here is an image of the default cryptography settings ...
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Does Convergence solve the problem of hacked CAs?

My question is about the Firefox AddOn Convergence. So my question is if it is possible for convergence to observe that a phishing-site which is verified by fake Certificate because a hacker of a CA ...
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openSSL Not Displaying all attributes

Here's a background of what I've done so far: I've been able to add a CRL to a self signed certificate using OpenSSL (see attached). But I'm not sure how to create an X.509 certificate issued by ...
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Is your PGP passphrase used to decrypt an encrypted private key, or needed in conjunction with the private key to decrypt the message?

If the former, then if the private key can be used to digitally sign messages, why doesn't your client offer to encrypt this highly sensitive piece of data? If the latter, then if someone had access ...
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how do extended validation X.509 certs work?

https://www.forumatic.com/ uses an extended validation cert. wikipedia.org's entry on extended validation certs says that a cert is known to be an extended validation cert if the OID in the ...
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URIs in the subjAltName X.509 extension

The subjAltTag extension for X.509 certificates can take in domain names, email addresses, URIs, etc. I was playing around with an X.509 whose subjAltTag had just a URI in it doesn't seem to work. ...
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why does the first certificate have a RSA public key in x.509?

Example from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X.509#Extensions_informing_a_specific_usage_of_a_certificate 1st certficate - freesoft 2nd - CA thawte Don't we use the RSA public key from the 2nd ...
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Difference between Certificate Authorities

I've been wondering for a long time about is. There are many certificate authorities having different types of certificates. But even certificates of the same security level cost a lot more with one ...
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What encryption schemes require two or 3 private keys to read a message?

I would like to encrypt some data so that it can only be read if two or three people use a private secret to decrypt the data. What is the best / most modern way to accomplish multi-person ...
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valid intermediate certs not in browser

Say an X.509 cert is signed by an intermediate cert that's not in your browser. Maybe the root certificate is but not the intermediate cert. At that point it seems like a valid certification path ...
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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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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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X.509 certificate policy mapping question

So I'm a little confused how X.509 certificate policy mappings work. So let's say the following depicts my cert chain: root CA ---> intermediary CA ---> client cert Would the root CA have a ...
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Why does OpenVPN require securely sharing certs with clients?

The ubuntu docs on OpenVPN have this part in the instructions: Copy the following files to the client: /etc/openvpn/ca.crt /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/keys/hostname.crt ...
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Is it safe to store a single symmetric key encrypted with several different RSA public keys?

For the field-based encryption of a database containing sensitive information, I was thinking of the following design: Every user has a smartcard used for client certificate login. After login the ...
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Public key system confusion

I read the following about PKI: Using a public key system, a user may encrypt a portion of a document using his or her private key. This message will later be decrypted by the recipient using ...
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SSL fingerprint inconsistency: what does it mean?

I apologize if this is not the best place to ask my question on the stackexchange network, I couldn't figure out where to get enough attention and be relevant. Facebook provides a SSL host, it can be ...
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Firefox detected an invalid SSL certificate

February 14, 2012 UTC: Yesterday, I connected to a website of a VPN provider for which Firefox 8.0.1 on Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64 stated that its' SSL certificate is invalid. I saved the received ...
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What's the common pragmatic strategy for managing key pairs?

I have a small number of different workstations (plus client devices like iPhone) that I use for to connecting to numerous servers using SSH. Originally when I learned about PKI, I created a single ...
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Why would the downloaded certificate show a different end-date as compared to the same certificate when viewed online?

This is sort-of a follow-up to my previous question What fields in a suspicious certificate should I look at? Chrome just presented the warning icon against the certificate presented by ...
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How can I share files with other individuals using the cloud in a secure way?

I would like to use a dropbox because it is easy and convenient. But I want to encrypt the files with the public key of the intended recipient, so he will be the only one who can access the data in ...
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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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Enterprise Encryption Considerations

What are the different aspects to consider for Enterprise Encryption policy? So far the resources I have are: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Cryptographic_Storage_Cheat_Sheet ...
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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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Two certificates on smart card

I have a question regarding Swedish gov eID (but I guess it is a pki/smart card general question); Why is there two certificates/keys on the card? Background: In Sweden you can have a "citizen ...
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openssl verify signature

For S/MIME, I now know I can verify PKCS#7 detached signatures with: openssl smime -verify -in detachedsign.pem -content content.txt But what about non-MIME messages? So if I sign the message ...
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Null content digitally signed message

IA technical specification I'm following requires me to send: The Digital Signature must be in the form of a null content Digitally Signed message (i.e. a PKCS#7 object containing the signature ...
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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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Expired SSL Certificate Implications

What are the security implications of an expired SSL certificate? For example if an SSL certificate from a trusted CA has expired will the communication channel continue to remain secure?
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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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What are the risks of self signing a certificate for SSL

Let's say I sign a SSL certificate for myself, and I'm not using a certified CA. What are the risks and/or threats of doing it?
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how digital signature verification process works

I am not able to understand that how the digital signature is verified. I know that digital signature will be attached to the message and sent by sender to receiver. then receiver uses the public key ...
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How does PGP differ from S/MIME?

Is S/MIME an abstracted system for general MIME type encryption, whereas PGP is more for email? Why would I want to choose one over the other, or can I use both at the same time?
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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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Guarding against rogue certificates

There has been a lot of news recently about certificates being falsely issued (due to the issuing authority having poor system security!). Apparently the targeted users were mostly Iranians, but it's ...
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Recommendations for a Certificate Management tool for Linux [closed]

A client is looking to roll out OpenVPN to all its mobile employees and will use certificates on both the server and all clients. This creates a new challenge to manage all these certificates and ...
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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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Multiple CAs signing a single Cert/CSR?

Just saw this suggested on Slashdot So I've seen quite a few people wanting a switch to self-signed certs (who IMO mostly don't understand what making that secure actually involves), and an idea ...
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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 SSL certificate intended to prove, and how does it do it?

If I get an SSL certificate from a well-known provider, what does that prove about my site and how? Here's what I know: Assume Alice and Bob both have public and private keys If Alice encrypts ...
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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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What kind of certificate do I need to be able to make and sign my own digital signing certicates?

At build time for a program, I would like to generate a new key pair, and create a certificate that will be embedded (securely) into the program. The purpose of the key pair is to digitally sign an ...
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Geographic equivilent of RFC 3161 (X.509 PKI Time-stamp Protocol)

First time poster here, hope to be around more often. I'm in need of a cryptographically secure 'stamping' system that allows not only time but also location to be attached to data, while still ...
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What happens when an Intermediate CA is revoked?

Currently I'm working on a certificate manager that allows our product to securely connect to remote webservices (over TLS/SSL). For security, we use Certificate Revocation List checking (or ...
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Shouldn't GPG key fetching use a secure connection?

If I run this for example: gpg --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 0xFBB75451 then does the importing occur in a secure way? I mean does it go over only secured connections? (HKP?) ...
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Why isn't OCSP required by default in browsers?

According to the following screenshot, taken from firefox-3.6.17-1.fc14.i686, Firefox has an option to fail closed when unable to connect to OCSP servers. Can someone please explain why this isn't ...
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Can a HTTPS connection be compromised because of a rogue DNS server

If I'm visiting (just a desktop PC, client side) a site that has a valid HTTPS cert/connection, that can it be compromised if I'm using a rogue DNS server (not deliberately, I'm concerned about an ...
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distributing files to VPN partners

suppose i've created VPN certificates for a certain VPN-RoadWarrior-Client, expressed in the files VPN-RoadWarrior-Client.key and VPN-RoadWarrior-Client.crt*, however VPN-RoadWarrior-Client is ...
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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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Certificate based authentication vs Username and Password authentication

What are the advantages and drawbacks of the certificate based authentication over username and password authentication? I know some, but I would appreciate a structured and detailed answer. UPDATE ...