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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Asymmetric Encryption Digital Signatures

Here is the paragraph I can't quite get my head around. Alice sends a message to Bob and wants him to be sure the message has come from her. • She publishes her public key. • She computes ...
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If the public key can't be used for decrypting something encrypted by the private key, then how do digital signatures work?

I'm learning asymmetric encryption in the use case of ssl/tls protocol. I can understand that the public key (like a padlock) can encrypt (lock) something and only the private key can decrypt ...
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Why is a public key called a key - isn't it a lock? [closed]

I'm totally confused by the public key and private key terms. From my understanding, the "public key" is used for encrypting data, it's more like a lock which can lock something in and only the ...
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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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SSH: What's the difference or interplay between /etc/ssh/[host files] and ~/.ssh/[public key]

I'm new to SSH after a decade of dabbling with Ubuntu and other Linux builds. Today I successfully setup SSH, but I had a few hangups and headaches along the way. Although the system is now running ...
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Understanding Certificate Pinning [duplicate]

I am attempting to implement certificate pinning across a suite of mobile apps. I have been reading a lot about the different strategies (pinning to the CA/intermediate, pinning to a leaf cert, ...
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PGP Owner Trust Field & Signature Trust Field Distinction

I'm reading Cryptography and Network Security Principles and Practices (5th ed, p584) and reading about PGP keyrings, I'm a little confused about the differences between the owner trust field and the ...
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Should name constraints be present on a subordinate CA issued to an organization?

I was looking at Google's Internet Authority G2. Its a subordinate CA (critical, CA:TRUE, pathlen:0) certified by GeoTrust. The dump is below. Presumably, GeoTrust certified that CA for Google so ...
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Security Structure of an API

I've been developing a web application and APIs for 8 months. I implemented OAuth 2.0 client credentials for authentication. And now I have to implement TLS to my APIs. I've been dealing with SSL/TLS ...
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How are private keys kept private?

This may sound like a stupid question but seriously how are private keys kept private? If you're someone like Google you have some huge number of servers to which the public can establish secure ...
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Relationship between HTTPS and SSH Public Keys

I can use my private key to generate a public key for use with ssh. I can use the same private key to generate a CSR, to generate a CLIENT certificate for HTTPS. Specifically, my SSH public key is: ...
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What bits of data is revoked in a CRL? Is it the hash(CSR) or hash(CSR + PKI signature)

My understanding is that a CSR contains the public key from the client, and the response is a signed version of that CSR, with certain attributes (EKU, expiration) and other attributes the CA decides ...
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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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Use the server's key to digitally sign the HTML content it delivered?

Is there any way to prove that a HTML page was delivered to my browser, and not modified in any way, after it was delivered over TLS? I need to prove integrity, and authenticity of the sender, ...
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SSL Handshakes and authentication? [duplicate]

I was just wondering if someone could explain the complete process of SSL handshake with certificates, public - private keys and MAC exchange. And in which cases does the Certificate warnings arise ...
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Subordinate Certification Authorities and managed certificates

How many different certificates can a subordinate certification authority manage? Please, supply me also some reference. Thanks
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How to test for OCSP?

I have to test OCSP feature on a SSL server. Since it is a pretty standard feature now, I was looking around for tips on test plans/setting up OCSP responder etc?
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Asymmetric / end to end encryption for web messaging app

Background I'm trying to design a secure and sustainable web app for messaging. The purpose is to learn how to create secure web application. The application is suppose to be written in Javascript ...
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Mitigating the risk of disabling EPA on ADFS

I'm currently investigating the deployment of an Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) server for providing Single Sign-on for various services. By default, ADFS enables support for Extended ...
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Crypto Ransomware - How decryption is done when user accept to cooperate?

When you have been "hacked" and you accept to pay for decrypting your encrypted files, how the attacker do the job ? I understood that a symmetric key is used, itself encrypted by the attacker public ...
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RSA key generation: gpg vs openssh

When I generate RSA key for ssh (both server-side and client-side): dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server ssh-keygen the key generation is completed instantly. However, when I generate RSA key for gpg, ...
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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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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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Is it dangerous to publicly share ciphertext?

Alice wants to share a message with Bob, but Alice and Bob can never be in the same place at the same time. We can assume they both know each others public keys (or agreed on a shared key, if that ...
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Begin of Certificate/ End of Certificate dash “-----”

What significance does the dash "-" holds along with the line -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE----- or -----END CERTIFICATE-----. I checked multiple docs and linked RFC's as well but could not find the ...
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I want trusted SMIME certificates for 3rd parties. Is this a reasonable configuration?

I want to send out SMIME certificates with my emails, and want to deploy the following PKI Root01 (All EKU, All Constrants, No Restrictions) PolicyInt01 (Internal applications, not trusted by 3rd ...
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Explicitly prohibit an intermediate CA certificate on OpenSSL

How do you explicitly not trust a particular certificate (especially, CA certificate) for OpenSSL? On NSS-based applications, one can install the cert with trustarg p: prohibited (explicitly ...
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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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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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CSR signing follow up question

This is a follow up question , after getting a signed certificate from one CA. researched a lot , but no luck. After getting the CA reply, While downloading the certificate, it popped up saying ...
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Https certificate change effects on established secure channels

I've a question regarding https certificate changes. Does anyone know any side-effects to changing the certificate, one signed with RSASHA1 to one signed with RSASHA256 for ex, while users already ...
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multiple private keys for single public key

I am currently working in security in mobile ad-hoc networks I have several clusters, and I want from the cluster head to send some data encrypted with its public key ,to the cluster members. I assume ...
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Can a CSR be created in OpenSSL with SHA2?

Can a CSR be created in OpenSSL with SHA2? If so, what would the command be and what does this tell the CA, if anything? If you could create a CSR using SHA2 would it "tell" the signing CA to use it ...
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CSR Signing simulation

Tried a lot get my test csr signed from root CA(trial versions option), somehow i am not getting it dues to some of their internal check. Few questions that cropped up Can i somehow signed that ...
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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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Certificate pinning and the key distribution problem

I (think I) understand the concept of certificate pinning. However, I'm wondering if, in the worst-case scenario: is certificate pinning any more secure than the hierarchical trust model it is built ...
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Ability to determine which PGP public keys a message has been encrypted for?

Is it possible to determine, given a PGP message that you can already decrypt, to determine which other PGP keys that message has also been encrypted for?
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P12 private key vs private key file : what is more secure?

The question is a bit tricky because they don't have the same purpose but : Do both kind of file face the same security issue concerning private key protection : password strenght ? (PBKDF2 as both ...
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Clarification needed on CSR signing process

There doesn't seem to be a lot of in-depth information on the certificate signing process other than: Key Management Interoperability Protocol Usage Guide Version 1.2 (PDF) RFC 2986 - PKCS #10: ...
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Can revoked certificates be “lost” if the base CRL is updated before expiration?

Assumption Suppose I have a CA that issues a base and a Freshest CRL. I also understand the Freshest CRL to be a Delta of revoked certs in the base. I also understand that clients should pull the ...
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What is the minimum acceptable time for “Freshest CRL” to be updated?

I'm working with MSFT CA, and not sure if this behavior is the same across all CAs, but when I run certutil -CRL, the base revocation cert is updated weekly, and the Freshest CRL (the differential) ...
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How should I document my Public Key Infrastructure?

I'm preparing to document a 3 tier PKI (with multiple second level policy CAs) and want to create a document that is useful, technical, and not too overwhelming to the non-PKI expert. I suppose the ...
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What are some scenarios I would use MSFT Certificate Enrollment Web Services?

The Certificate Enrollment Policy Web Service and the Certificate Enrollment Web Service are made for non domain connected machines to retrieve certificates of various kinds. When setting this up, I ...
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Distribution of key by server

I have read that in asymmetric cryptography, a system admin can generate key pairs on the server. After that, the users will be given the generated key pairs and this is an efficient way of doing this ...
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How do Client-specific keys and Certificates work?

I have clients that communicates with my server. Clients sends it unique id (guid) to server with its request over a secure https channel. Also to increase security I use my own private-public key ...
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public key formats [closed]

I have the following PEM format public key: -----BEGIN PUBLIC KEY----- MIGfMA0GCSqGSIb3DQEBAQUAA4GNADCBiQKBgQDguwHaldTclMAFg1BQ45Q8DPIc ...
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What is the deal with Valicert SSL root certificates?

Does anyone know what the status of the "Valicert Class 2 Validation Authority" root certificate is or what's going on with Valicert in general? I've heard that that cert has been deprecated, no ...
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How do PGP keyservers synchronize the keys?

I want to know technical details about how public PGP keyservers synchronize the keys. If I send my key to one keyserver, how exactly does it "travel" to all the other ones? Who sends it to who and ...
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Does an alternative approach to PKI technology exist?

Currently all of the network is using PKI standards and we are facing many problems. I don't mean every time and if new technologies arise we will also have to face the same, but for my curiosity. ...
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4096 bit RSA encryption keys vs 2048

Where do 4096 bit RSA keys for SSL certs currently stand in terms of things like CA support, browser support, etc? In the overall scheme of things is the increased security worth the risk of 4096 bit ...