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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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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 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 [not with free will, so e.g.: I'm "attacked"] a rouge DNS ...
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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 ...
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Is there a way to negotiate a secret between 2 parties with no prior knowledge?

Is there a way for 2 parties to negotiate a shared secret (for example, a session key) without having a pre-shared knowledge? SSL does this by using asymmetric encryption. Is there any other way to ...
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Computationally simple, lightweight replacement for SSL/TLS

Target hardware is a rather low-powered MCU (ARM Cortex-M3 @72MHz, with just about 64KB SRAM and 256KB flash), so walking the thin line here. My board does have ethernet, and I will eventually get ...
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Moving from a one tier to a two tier Microsoft Certificate Authority hierachy

Right now we have a single Microsoft Enterprise Root CA which issues certificates to our VPN users for two factor authentication. We're planning to extend use of the CA to issue certificates for RDP ...
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Renewing Microsoft Certificate Services Root Certificate

We currently have Microsoft Enterprise Certificate Server installed on a domain member machine which issues 1 year certificates to users for authenticating to VPN. We'd like to start issuing web ...
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How would I implement “Broadcast Encryption”?

I have a stream that I want to encrypt for broadcast to 10,000 subscribers. I know I should encrypt this data using a symmetric key; and also intend that this symmetric key will be rotated every 30 ...
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Thunderbird - what happens if Gmail SSL cert gets spoofed?

I use a good MUA: Thunderbird [to read/reply to my emails on Gmail]. So: what happens, if i go to a place, where is public wifi, and someone tryes to sniff my password/username/emails? Questions: ...
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Encryption and the “security time decay” of prior encrypted data

This question is on the assumption that any data once encrypted, may (eventually) be decrypted through Brute force (compute power/time) Exploits in the cryptography used Theft of private keys ...
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Certificate authorities for a PKI

Some people think the certificate authorities for a PKI should be the government, but others think certificate authorities should be private entities, such as banks, corporations, or schools. What are ...
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How feasible is it for a CA to be hacked? Which default trusted root certificates should I remove?

This question has been revised & clarified significantly since the original version. If we look at each trusted certificate in my Trusted Root store, how much should I trust them? What factors ...
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PKI solution vendor selection

What would you look for in a (X.509-) PKI solution, and why would you look for that, given the following constraints: Available programming/sw-engineering know how is limited (ie, "OpenSSL with a ...
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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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Certificate chain

For my computer to verify the identity of a certain certificate should it have all the certificates up to the root certificate?
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SSL Certificate revocation check

In the SSL protocol I don't see where the certificate is checked for revocation status. https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Introduction_to_SSL Is the Certificate Revocation and Status Checking not ...
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Create a certificate signing request [closed]

can someone please tell me a few tools that can be used to create a CSR ?
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What is an intermediate certificate authority?

What is meant by an "intermediate certificate authority?"
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How does an SSL server prove its identity?

This document says that a challenge response authentication proves the servers identity. But is a man in the middle attack still possible if the client does not verify domain name ? Please help me ...
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How to achieve non-repudiation?

If I have a message that I need to send to another person, how do I achieve non repudiation ? Is digitally signing the message sufficient ?
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How does RSA encryption compare to PGP?

On this answer ck says RSA and PGP are different. What you are essentially asking is how do I run my petrol car on diesel? The answer is you can't. I would be interested in a more ...
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Safe implementation of sharing encryption secrets (username, password) in the cloud

I'm building a multi-tenant (cloud) environment that needs to push out (or make available for download) configuration files for agents (background services) that receive this information. One of the ...
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Dealing with expired or revoked signing certificates with Infopath documents

Suppose I have an Infopath form that is digitally signed today by a valid, and active user. When that user leaves the company, we disable the account and revoke the certificate. This causes a problem ...
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What is the difference between an x.509 “client certificate” and a normal SSL certificate?

I am setting up a web service through which my company will talk to a number of business customers' services. We will be exchanging information using SOAP. I would like to handle authentication with ...
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What are the pros and cons of outsourcing an organization's PKI?

I am looking for the pros and cons of outsourcing an organization's Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). I understand that the answer to whether or not to actually outsource is going to depend on the ...
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What kinds of SSL certificates are usable for encryption?

I know that Verizon SSL certificates cost close to $600. There are couple of cheap alternatives, but I never really understood why Verizon does not offer such certificates. Look for RapidSSL at ...