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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How do openvpn/easy-rsa generated keys map to RSA algorithm variables?

I was reading up a little on openvpn and pki infra and am confused by some of the questions posed by my colleague. :) This answer did help me understand more: ...
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Web of Trust: What is “signatory trust”?

I am learning about the Web of Trust and how to use it. However, I have some issues to fully grasp the concept of Signatory Trust. What is an easily understandable definition of signatory trust? An ...
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Help - Somebody stole my OpenPGP key ID, what can I do?

I received a key transition statement because somebody found himself in the exact same situation described here. This issue will target more and more OpenPGP users in future, probably even all of ...
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Is there a way of achieving perfect forward security with one directional messages?

Using for example ECDH and ephimeral keys, it is possible for two parties to establish a shared key with perfect forward security, i.e. even if the long term keys are lost, it will not be possible to ...
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Installing a CA only for specific domains

For many reasons, it's often convenient for organizations to have their own CA (self-signed or otherwise). As I understand it, adding the CA certificate to a OS or browser will make it trust the ...
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What encryption and signature systems (don't?) allow for plausible deniability of the OP's key being used?

I need to prevent Mallory from blindly matching encryption and signing keys to messages Hypothetical scenario: A user creates a public key An encrypted or signed payload exists. With only public ...
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Typical mistakes when implementing digital signatures?

I am looking for a list of typical mistakes someone can make when implementing digital signatures for a software. And of course why they are mistakes and how an attacker could take advantage of them. ...
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Banking card certificate

Does anyone have an idea of what kind of public-key technologies are used in the bank perimeter ? Does banking card embedded x509 certificate ? OpenPGP ? Perhaps a standard exists or a de-facto ...
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Distribute S/MIME public keys and CA cert for email security

I have my own CA. I want to distribute S/MIME certificates for 10 different users. I saw S/MIME keyservers from http://wiki.cacert.org/KeyServers, but I don't want to use public servers. What is the ...
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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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Smartcard - main differences between .NET and Java smartcard?

My question focuses on the differences regarding PKCS11 implementation between a .Net and a Java smartcard. More generally, do smartcard use a specific "OS" (or firmware) and only differ in the ...
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PKI - Why Root CA is in intermediate CA section?

I can't understand why, when I accept to "install" a custom self signed Root CA on IE browser, the root certificate ends up in the "intermediate CA" section, rather than in "Root CA" section in the ...
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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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Why does Windows Ship with Expired SSL Certificates?

I am cleaning up the certificate stores on my Windows machines, and considering which certificates I should keep, and which ones I should delete. Why does a fresh install of Windows Server 2012 R2 ...
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How does SSL/TLS work?

How does SSL work? I just realised we don't actually have a definitive answer here, and it's something worth covering. I'd like to see details in terms of: A high level description of the ...
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How to avoid identity theft at key signing parties?

Let me begin by distinguishing two kinds of identity theft: Conventional identity theft (e.g. using credentials from ID documents, bank accounts, etc, to commit fraud or other mischief). ...
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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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Is TLS in Tor useless?

I am trying to optimize the Orchid Tor client library for my needs and noticed that every connection with every node uses TLS with turned off certificate verification. Actually there are no TLS ...
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OpenTSA and PKCS11

We are planning to implement the time-stamping service (RFC 3161) using OpenTSA and we wanted to know: Does OpenTSA support PKCS #11 (Cryptoki) to talk to HSMs? BTW: I did not find documentation or ...
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SSH password vs. key authentication

I've usually been told that public key authentication is strongly preferred over password authentication for SSH. However our previous admin was against public keys and only issued passwords and took ...
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Use of RSA in Yaksha Security System

So I'm reading over the Yaksha Security System and see it is based on the RSA cryptosystem and a centralized server, easy enough. What I'm slightly confused on is the math behind the related keys. It ...
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What is certificate pinning?

I'm superficially familiar with SSL and what certs do. Recently I saw some discussion on cert pinning but there wasn't a definition. A DDG search didn't turn up anything useful. What is certificate ...
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SHA1 - S/MIME and CRL validity after deprecation?

In an internal PKI using SHA1 for hashing, will S/MIME signature and CRL/ARL signature be considered invalid in the next few years (SHA1 Deprecation) ? End certificates can be revoked, CA ...
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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 should I organize my keys?

Suppose I have a set of computers with variegate level of trust (for example): I fully trust my own desktop pc at home I trust a bit also my smartphone, but I know it could be stolen I trust a bit ...
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Email Encryption

I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction. If I wanted to implement email encryption within an organisation what would be the best way? I've been searching the web tonight but all my ...
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Does it matter which key is considered private and which public?

Mathematically, is there a difference which set of characters is private_key and which one is public_key? @Edit At the moment of asking I was thinking on RSA, not asymmetric crypto in general.
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How can I generate some public and private keys on both sides with low overhead?

We have an Authority Center (CA) generating some public and private keys for each client (more than one pair for each client). One method for sending keys to client is sharing a secret key between CA ...
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Is ADCS overkill just to replace self-signed certs?

Several of our internal applications are either not using SSL certificates, or are using self-signed certificates. I wanted to utilize ADCS to create a trusted, internal-only root CA that our browsers ...
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Certificates - What about signing again Intermediate CA certificates?

I an thinking about this issue and it is hard to estimate technical impacts. For any relevant reasons, one want to modify one the x509 field of an intermediate CA. This intermediate CA was signed by ...
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Encrypt files on FTP server

I have a practical situation here, my company is a FTP server provider for some clients. The clients are sharing their files on our FTP server and have had no problem with access management and ...
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PKI - Security concerns when changing a certificate hash algorithm

Suppose I want to change the hash algorithm used for a certificate signature (ex: SHA1 to SHA2). Is it better to revoke the previous certificate and issue a new one with expected hash algorithm ? Or ...
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Automate the process of giving a user access to his encrypted messages, when the user loses his password

I'm implementing a way for users to share messages with other users. All users and admin-users have a unique key pair. A message can be sent from one user to multiple users. Admin-users, who always ...
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Temporarily suspending a Certificate Authority's Certiticate

The PKI RFC talks about revoking or suspending certificates. It also talks about revoking CA certs. However, I could not find anything about whether a CA or a Sub CA's certificates can be revoked or ...
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Why can't I upload a new ECC key to key servers, which is supported by GnuPG 2.1?

My OpenPGP key is soon to expire so I wanted to create a new one. GPG 2.1 came out a month ago including ECC support and I wanted to try the new key types. So I have generated a brand new ed25519 ...
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Definitions of PKCS#11 abbreviations

Is there a complete definition list for all CKx abbreviations in PKCS#11? I believe I gathered most of them: CK = Cryptoki CKA = ... Attribute CKC = ... Certificate type CKD = ... Key derivation ...
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Why is the public key extracted from the CSR different than the one extracted from the associated certificate?

I am playing around with pyopenssl. I am trying to extract the public key from a CSR and to check if it is the same than the one I find in the associated certificate. There is a small difference ...
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Data anonymization/ encryption requirement

I did check out the previous postings and didnt find what I was looking for- apologies if this is a repetition. I am working on an analytics engagement for a customer and he needs to share access to ...
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Must the distinguished subject name of an issued SSL Certificate match that of the generated Certificate Signing Request?

For example: from Issued SSL Certificate: CN = abc.com.my, OU = Room, O = House, C = MY from generated CSR: CN = abc.com.my, OU = Room , O = House, L = KL, ST = KL , C = MY Is it legal for a ...
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If even Apple cannot properly install certificate [closed]

I've just installed a new copy of Mozilla Firefox/29.0 SeaMonkey/2.26.1 on a new Mac with OS X 10.9.4, and I'm getting an error message in place of a webpage when trying to access ...
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Extracting the PGP keyid from the Public key file?

is there a way via an CLI tool or some kind of API to extract the PGP KEY ID from the PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK ? I did find the hexa value of the key in the binary file, however I guess the position is ...
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Certificate security in intranet environment?

We have this topology in our company: A new rule says that each document being sent by Outlook should be encrypted. We decided using PGP. We already have a certificate (self-signed). The problem ...
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What is the web of trust?

I'm studying network and system security and I came across the phrase "web of trust". From Wikipedia: In cryptography, a web of trust is a concept used in PGP, GnuPG, and other ...
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Get the Signature algorithm from a public key? [closed]

When I do PublicKey.getAlgorithm(), it only returns me RSA. Am looking for something to return Sha1RSA. Basically to identify if it is a sha1 or sha2 algorithm. Any help is appreciated. Thanks,
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Authenticated Diffie Hellman Key Exchange

It appears that the textbook version of Diffie-Hellman is susceptible to man in the middle attack and the use of digital signatures could prevent this attack from occurring. Digital signatures could ...
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What happens if my signing subkeys are compromised?

Let's say my subkeys are compromised, but my master keypair is safe and secure, so I revoke the old subkeys and issue new ones. With encryption keys, the results are pretty clear: I can still decrypt ...
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Anonymiszing sensitive data in MySQL DB while retaining searchability [closed]

I have a MySQL database that stores sensitive (personal) data about individuals; and have been tasked with ensuring that this data is encrypted in some way to protect the individuals and their data if ...
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Bastion host that allows jailed users to SSH but protects private key

Basically, I'm trying to let the user use a private key without having read access to it. Use case: Employee needs to SSH to a server in the data center. There is 1 private key for all servers, ...
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How long do keys stay on keyservers?

Do GPG/PGP keyservers "garbage collect" old keys which have expired, been revoked, or simply haven't been updated in a decade? Or does the server (theoretically) keep every key it has ever seen from ...