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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Data Integrity in PKCs

This is a simple question but one which greatly confuses me. When you have a PKC, the public key can be accessed by anyone. Therefore, doesn't this mean that anyone can encrypt data? My question is ...
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What problem does PKI fix; how would someone “lie about their identity”? [duplicate]

What does having a certificate issued by a Content Authority protect against? In everything I've red (and watched) they teach it as "you are given the public key to communicate with Alice, but how do ...
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Reliability of Certificate Authorities and Certificates in 2015

I just happened to stumble upon this Article in Netcraft. The article claims that many of the major CAs have given out hundreds of Certificates to false organizations. Are there any truth to these ...
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What would happen if a public key server is compromised?

What would happen if in someway a public key server, let's say the MIT PGP key server, was compromised and some keys would be edited to an attacker's public key? Is this even possible? Would that be ...
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how to import a private key in windows

Say I have an X.509 cert and a private key that corresponds to it. I can import X.509 certs easily enough into Windows but what about private keys? Is the only way I can do that by converting both ...
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Understanding the signing and verification process through a CA

I have been researching on this topic and I need to understand the exact signing and verification process when made through a trusted CA. From what I understand, this is how it works at a very high ...
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What is the openssl equivalent of using java's KeyPairGenerator?

I have been using java's KeyPairGenerator in order to generate public/private keys within a program so that I can encrypt and decrypt files(also using java encrypt/decrypt methods). I want to be able ...
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Why is openssl key length different from specified bytes

I realize this is rudimentary question, but I can't seem to even google diagnose it. Why is openssl key length different from specified bytes? For example when I use the command: openssl genrsa -out ...
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How does a developer interact with Microsoft Certificate *Web Services*

Microsoft Certificate Web Services is a HTTPS web service (WS-Trust) that has no Kerberos dependency and can be used on a variety of devices. This is new in Windows 2008 and is separate from the ...
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Where to download revoked certificates from?

I don't want the certificate revocation lists. I want actual full on revoked certificates for test purposes. For example, Flame used a signed rogue cert and in 2001 someone posed as Microsoft and got ...
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WebCrypto, SOP and Yubikeys

I've been following some discussions on WebApp Security mailing list regarding WebCrypto and SOP policies (100+ messages). One of the things that kind of sprang out was keys held in WebCrypto were not ...
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PGP Key Servers Verification Mail? [duplicate]

Why do existing PGP key servers not perform e-mail verification? Wouldn't it help the problem of authenticating of public keys? By e-mail verification/confirmation I mean a single e-mail sent to the ...
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Did D-Link's certificate revocation really only invalidate 1 day (of a six months long exposure)?

I'm trying to wrap my head around the OCSP revocationTime for D-Link's certificate. I recently answered another question and ended up drafting a timeline. That timeline is basically this: Jul 5 ...
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GPG key expired on mykeyring, but still valid on keyserver

Can someone help me in explaining this: I have an old and expired GPG key, on my keyring the key lists correctly as expired: myself@mypc:~$ gpg --list-sig --fingerprint DDF70E72 pub 1024D/DDF70E72 ...
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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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Certificate - Digital fingerprint vs Signature [duplicate]

What is the purpose of the « fingerprint » section of a x509 certificate, and is there an issue using SHA1 for it ? I understand the certificate signature section, but I can’t see the point with 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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Code signing certificate validation by Java

Despite several web search, I can’t find an accurate explanation on code signing certificate validation by Java. Indeed, I am wondering if the code signing certificate (the “final cert”) must already ...
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Should I add picture(s) to my OpenPGP key?

I'm toying with the idea of creating a pair of OpenPGP keys, and I'm wondering if I should include a picture or two. I know it will make my key a lot bigger, but is it still worth it? I'm thinking of ...
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Does SSL doesn't work without a secondary Symmetric/Asymmetric session key?

I keep reading that Symmetric session key is used in SSL after handshake only for faster performance but isn't true a secondary session key either Symmetric or Asymmetric key generated by the client ...
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Difference between KMS and PKI

While the PKI System deal with digital certificates life cycle and Key Management System (KMS) deal with keys life cycle. What is the the fundamental difference between them? Is it possible to ...
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One website - two different SSL certificates: two different CA's

I have seen multiple questions focusing on multiple certificates for a single domain (e.g.: a.com/example and a.com/example_one). However, what stops an individual from purchasing a certificate and ...
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how to make non HTTP Applications PK-enabled

I have a server application that is using Winsock2.0 for client communication, this application is a service. The client is also a Windows desktop application and performs few operations. For example ...
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Are self-signed certificates actually more secure than CA signed certificates now?

Are self-signed certificates actually more secure than CA signed certificates now? I ask this because recent leaks about the NSA spy programs and the secret FISA courts mean that the US government ...
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How to deliver an encrypted message to multiple recipients without revealing keys

Let's say I have generated a private and a public key. I create a message and encrypt it with the public key. I deliver this encrypted message and a private key to multiple recipients. Why would I do ...
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Cross-certification between worlds like X.509 and PGP?

Sometimes it can be advantageous to use existing trust relationships in one certification world - X.509 or PGP - to create trust in the other world. At the lowest level I can always take an X.509 cert ...
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Certificate policies extension in Root CA and Issuing CA

I am building new CA chain and PKI and I actually don't fully understand how I should include certificate policies (CP) and certificate practice statements (CPS) as extensions and how to work with it ...
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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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PKCS#12 File - security impacts when imported in Web Browser or Windows Store?

When a PKCS12 file is imported into a Web browser or Windows store the user is prompted for private key password. How does the browser or operating system manage this password? Is it secure?
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How secure is this security protocol? [closed]

I'm developing an application that will encrypt a bunch of files the client has on their machine and then send them to a server, to back them up. I need to encrypt the files so that other ...
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How can I demonstrate that 3 independent root CAs validated my domain?

I am concerned about the hacking of a root CA and want to buy 3 SSL certs from completely different providers who will independently validate my identity. Then at presentation time, I will send all 3 ...
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Cloudflare's free SSL options require trusting them; what could they do to change that?

Cloudflare offers 3 free SSL options: Flexible SSL, Full SSL, and Full Strict SSL. The article “CloudFlare’s great new features and why I won’t use them” explores the shortcomings of the Flexible and ...
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Digital Signature and Verification?

AFAIK , When Alice wants to write a message to Bob -- she uses Bob's public key and encrypt the message - and then Bob - using his private key - use to decrypt it. So public key is used to decrypt ...
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Renew digital certificate

If I have deployed a digital certificate on a webserver and if it needs to be renewed then what steps do I need to follow? Will I need to generate a new longer public key private key pair? Why do ...
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What if someone steals a Certificate authority's private key? [duplicate]

What if someone could steal a Certificate authority's private key? I know this will (probably) never happen, but what would happen to the certificates that were already signed with this private key? ...
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Certificate Transparency, TLS Extension method of serving SCT's

I was curious about how to supply certificate transparency from my web server. There are 3 ways certificate transparency information can be delivered to the client's browser (Source: ...
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Are there any hardware HSMs that can host/run custom applications using the HSM processor(s) within the hardened security boundary?

It seems that the majority of commercially available hardware HSMs are only designed to allow authenticated users to generate, store, and use cryptographic keys with various cryptographic algorithms ...
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Checking SSL/TLS servers for NULL encryption support

I have a web server supporting SSL 3 and TLS protocols, the following are the supported cipher suites: TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5 TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA How can I ...
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Why is ECC more vulnerable than RSA in a post-quantum world?

Forgive me if this should be in the crypto sub, but sometimes the answers there are very mathematical and I would rather have an answer which is a bit lighter on the math but still strong on the tech ...
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PKI cards - PIN and certificates

My company has introduced a PKI some months ago. We are now able to login in our laptops either with our Windows credentials or with a PKI smart card plus a 6 digits numeric PIN. A part from that we ...
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How to set up OpenSSH to use x509 PKI for authentication?

I do not mean simply putting the public RSA key of a x.509 certificate into ~/.ssh/authorized_keys - I'm looking for a way to set up a ssh such that x.509 certificates signed by a pre-defined CA will ...
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Relationship between the validity of license of an accredited CA (certificate authority and the validity of it's certificate? [duplicate]

To more clear, let's see my example: As I know, in Korea, the validity of a CA's license is only 2 years, but the validity of this CA's certificate is 10 years. Why is the valid time of the license ...
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How do session keys in public key cryptography work? [duplicate]

I have read that a session key is symmetric, and it is encrypted by recipient's public key; When "Bob" receives a message, does he decrypt it with his private key and he's then in possession of an ...
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What is the most secure way to digitally communicate between the U.S. and China?

What is the most secure way for two people to communicate digitally when one person is in the U.S. and the other is in China (likely being monitored)? Updated: Here's some additional info: The ...
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PKI usage in a cluster; per application instance or per application?

I'm having a cluster with nodes (let's call them A and B for the sake of example) running identical micro services (1, 2 and 3 - so the application 2 running on node A is called A2). The applications ...
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How to verify an OpenPGP key's ownership?

I've added the public key of Diceware creator (please use it as a practical example), I've added it by downloading diceware.wordlist.asc, and I didn't have his key and couldn't immediately find it to ...
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What do the terms used in OpenPGP keyserver SKS mean? (sig, sbind, sig3, exp2, Policy, …)

When viewing a key record in a public key server, such as this one, there are lots of keywords used: sig, sig3, exp3, Policy, sbind…). I understand that "sig" probably means a signature, but what's ...
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Confused about RFC 4492: difference between “ECDH-capable public key” and “ECDSA-capable public key”

As per section 5.3 of RFC 4492, I'm confused with the following table: Key Exchange Algorithm Server Certificate Type ---------------------- ----------------------- ...
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What does the letter in an OpenPGP key's bits definition (like 4096D) denote?

I noticed that when looking at OpenPGP keys on a key server, the key's bits definition is usually followed by a letter, as in "4096D" for example. However, there are also keys with other letters than ...
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Electronic identity and digital signatures - why they are different?

It seems (to me at least) that is is generally accepted that "electronic identity" and "digital signatures" are a different thing. For example, in the Estonian ID card there are two certificates - one ...