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I know that the Public Key Cryptography Standards #12 file format can be used to bundle up an OpenSSL certificate and a private key. From the linked wiki page:

These files can be created, parsed and read out with the OpenSSL pkcs12 command.

I read in some IBM man pages there is a convertcertificate command that can convert a .p12 file into a .kdb file. However, I'm not able to find any information about what a file with the .kdb extension is.

  • Where does this file format come from?
  • Why/when is it used instead of p12?
  • "The convertcertificate command is related to the License Metric Tool agent authentication process. It converts certificate files from PKCS12 format to a format supported by the security software used by the agent" – schroeder Apr 18 '17 at 20:32
  • So, it's a file format used by IBM software, correct? I'm hoping to find more information about it explaining how it is used in a Public Key Infrastructure. What tools use it, why is it used. These types of things. – mbigras Apr 18 '17 at 20:36
  • then you might need to contact IBM or read their documentation – schroeder Apr 18 '17 at 21:06
  • The link to the documentation is what I've been trying to find – mbigras Apr 18 '17 at 21:07
  • This really isn't the place to get help navigating IBM's documents. From the link you provided, it's a key database file. – schroeder Apr 18 '17 at 21:12

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