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A certificate consists of a public key and information about the owner (e. g. the name of a person or server).

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Why do we need HMAC?

AFAIK, HMAC solves the collision problem of hash algorithms by mixing in a pre shared secret. Can't we just use the pre shared secret to symmetrically encrypt data and leave out the hashing?
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How android apk file signing works?

There are a number of pages on web to tell how to sign apk file for Android. But none I've found telling how it works under-the-...
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Is this pairing scheme for establishing trust between two devices with self-signed TLS certs secure from MITM?

Assume two devices (A and B) with self-signed TLS certificates (this part can't change). We want these devices to trust each other. One way to do this is to simply copy A's cert over to B's allowed ...
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what is the difference between self issued and an intermediate certificate

Hashicorp vault has an API they call Sign Self-Issued. The use case is for rotating root CAs. A user creates a new root self signed CA and then passes it to this API and what is returned is roughly ...
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What does (06) in “CRL Signing (06)” mean?

In "Certificate details -> key usage -> CRL Signing (06)", what does "(06)" in "CRL Signing (06)" mean?
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Do people sign my subkey?

So, I've generated my GPG key pair. Created a subkey for signing and a subkey for encryption. Exported the whole thing, removed my master key pair to a secure place, re-imported only the subkeys. Now, ...
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How are certificate status obtained on browsers?

There are two ways of checking the status of a digital certificate:- Offline Authentication (CRL) Online Authentication (OCSP, SCVP) Several browsers (like Mozilla Firefox) have given up the use of ...
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How are CRL implemented?

The source from where I learn states:- CRL (Certificate Revocation List) is the primary means of checking status of certificates offline. But I can't seem to understand how is it possible for a ...
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Pitfalls of wildcard certificates with unique key pairs?

I am having difficulty finding information regarding using wildcard certificates with unique key pairs. I understand if you duplicate key pairs across multiple servers and one becomes compromised, an ...
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What is cryptographic sealing?

While revising my CAdES library I encountered some "sealing issue" in digital signatures. The Win SDK signtool.exe has a /seal ...
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How is Cross-Certification implemented?

I am currently learning about Certificates in Public Key Infrastructure. Cross-Certification exists as an alternative because the concept of a single monolithic CA certifying every possible user in ...
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CSR signature using elliptic curve [closed]

We've been asked to generate a certificate signing request using elliptic curve and we can't use any third-party library as it's an embedded application with very limited resources). We are used to ...
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What security is provided by a certificate? [closed]

I've been working on the topic of certificates for a little while, and here is what I understand: A certificate is basically a public key + some data about the owner of the certificate + a signature ...
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Windows certreq full response file [closed]

I'm using the Windows certreq command line tool to submit a CSR for signing to a Windows Server CA. ...
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Include TSA Certificate in Timestamp Request

Im currently working on Timestamping and stumbled upon a parameter fRequestCerts/requestSignerCertificates/certReq that according to the documentations tells a TSA to include the certificate that was ...
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How are public keys securely and reliably obtained across the internet?

I've just decided to start learning all about PKIs, and I have come across what seems like a paradox. When fetching a public key from either a server or a CA, how can we be sure that the public key ...
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Understanding hybrid cryptography's concepts: signing and CA

After learning about symmetric encryption, public-key encryption, one-way hash, digital signature and digital certificate, I was tasked to think of an imaginary hybrid cryptosystem. I was thinking ...
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What is the RFC order of peer certificate verification, trust chain or expiry first?

If a certificate received from a peer: Is expired, has a valid signature, but from an untrusted root CA What error should be thrown? Untrusted certificate or expired certificate? I can't seem to ...
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What key is used to encrypt the certificate and certificate verify message in TLS1.3?

Which key is used to encrypt certificate and certificate verify message in TLS1.3? I could not figure out which one it is reading section 4.4.2 of RFC 8846 and I only saw a vague mention on page 11.
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How can I verify certificate signature algorithm in TLS 1.3 using PSS?

I've read this post but I'm still unable to understand some things. I'm trying to verify that the signature algorithm used in the certificate matches the proposed list from the client. (As it's ...
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How to identify RSASSA-PSS from rsaEncryption OID?

Following the RFC 8446 it states that: RSASSA-PSS RSAE algorithms: Indicates a signature algorithm using RSASSA-PSS [RFC8017] with mask generation function 1. The digest used in ...
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Find hash and signature algorithms used in an X.509 certificate signed with RSASSA-PSS

I'm trying to understand the new PSS scheme, but having trouble figuring out how to parse it properly. When receiving a certificate with OID of RSASSA-PSS, how can I know which hash and signing ...
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Understanding TLS certificate

I'm newbie in the word of TLS, and need some verification about my picture. I can use TLS with 3 or 2 participants: 3 participants: Client, server, CA (certification authority). The CA is where the ...
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How to generate a certificate/PEM from specific plain text keys?

Is there a way to generate a certificate with a pre-stablished public/private plaint text keys? Explaning: I generated some keys on a web site for development propurses, but now one of the parties ...
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Why CA does not have to be online?

I'm learning publick key infrastructure and certificate authority. But I cannot understand below conecepts. Unlike KDC or public key authority, CA does not have to be online to provide keys to ...
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When a program using openssl library is using a certificate, does the server check if the issuer(s) are still valid

If I have a program acting as TLS server with a certificate signed by a CA, if one of the issuers in the chain becomes invalidated or the date expires, then how does the program using the certificate ...
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GlobalSign cert in Trusted root for Google Services shows Sha1. Security postures

"GlobalSign" certificate in Trusted Root Certification Authorities for Google Services shows Sha1. Security postures are different than just 2-3 yr ago. At my home, router bought 2016, networked; ...
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Why does curl need both root and intermediate certificates in order to securely connect to an HTTP server?

I have created a root certificate, an intermediate certificate, and a server certificate: ...
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Is the only use for the private key of a root certificate signing certificates issued by it?

A root certificate can be used to issue intermediate certificates. The private key of the root certificate is needed in order to sign any intermediate certificates. However, after that, we only need ...
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TPM 2.0 Reissued EK Cert

Unlike the TPM 1.2 module, the TPM 2.0 specification allows the platform user to create own ...
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How does a receiver treat X.509 self-certificate with unknown the Signature Algorithm ID?

As I know X.509 self-certificate is a mechanism that the host generates public and private keys, the public key will insert to a certification and the private key will be used to sign the ...
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Revoke a GPG key using previously generated revoke certificate after renewd (change expiration date)

I have few sub-questions Do secret keys get expired, or just the public key gets expired? Do I have to back up the master sec key each time I renew it? For an ...
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Understanding certificates for public keys with subkey

I have a openpgp key with 3 subkeys: ...
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I am new to digital certificate 509V3 concept. can some one please clarify the below points [closed]

I am using RSA 2048 with SHA 256 primitive in certificate: How to verify the user certificate n + 1 with Root certificate n? why it is required to perform Certificate chain verification? How to ...
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Which algorithm should be used to replace SHA512withRSA? [closed]

We are working on the web application that is basically generating a self-signed certificate during the installation. It's a Java based app and for generation of the certificate we are using ...
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Does “Shattered” actually show SHA-1-signed certificates are “unsafe”?

Note: I am not advocating anyone continues using SHA1-signed certificates: they are dead as far as security is concerned and should no longer be used. I'm just trying to clarify my understanding of ...
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What exactly is the contents of the LDAP userSMIMECertificate attribute?

I'm trying to setup an LDAP with user certificates. I have already learned that certificates can be stored in either the userCertificate attribute in DER format, or ...
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Derive anonymous dsa key-pair from two certificate authorities

Is it possible to derive a dsa key-pair based on two private keys from different/independent "Certificate Authorities" (ca1 and ca2) to sign s.th. which then verifies only that the signature is a ...
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Key derivation with implicit certificates

The big advantage of implicit certificate is their small size and fast processing. This article presents a way how to compute implicit certificates. In the end Alice is able to derive both her ...
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Self signed certificate for mobile app and backend from same company

My company's product is Android and iOS mobile app which connects to our own backend. All interactions of the mobile app are with backend developed by our own company. In such a situation, can the ...
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How can Bob validate Alice’s certificate?

Suppose that Alice has a certificate CA1 << Alice >> issued by the certification authority CA1, and Bob has a ...
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Secure scheme to share symmetric key using asymmetric keys and certificates with N parties

I need to distribute symmetric AES key into number of end points which will use it to decrypt data. The AES key will be the same on all end points, it is not possible to generate unique on every end ...
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Secure Design and CRL?

I was at my College Security Lesson, the professor said that Certificate Revocation Lists (CRLs) violate some of the Secure Design principles. Secure Design Principles: Fail-Safe Defaults Economy of ...
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RSA certificate needed in CVC format

I had a client requirement asking me to provide an existing base64 encoded certificate in a CVC format. Could someone point me in the right direction here to understand what this format is? How can I ...
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X.509 strong authentication protocols

Is there also a protocol definition in X.509? In "Handbook of Applied Cryptography" by A. Menezes there is a reference to X.509 strong authentication protocol, nevertheless, I could not find the ...
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Benefits of using SSL certificate over a raw key pair for non-browser use?

For applications not involving CA signed certificates – or web browsers for that matter – it would seem to be easier to use a raw key pair if possible, rather than deal with potential formatting ...
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Link between openssl 'req' command and 'unable to get local issuer certificate'?

I was using the following command to build a self-signed certificate after creating a private key: ...
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CAs are pre-loaded on the system, but how is it able to get intermediate certs?

I have the following X509 certificate: ...
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Why is the signature field in X.509 a BIT STRING, despite there being ASN.1 (DER) data inside?

As can be seen from the following ASN.1 definition of an X.509 certificate, the Signature field is a BIT STRING. ...
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Should Bob trust a certificate issued by delegated party?

Consider this scenario: Alice sends a message signed under her public key to Bob. Bob has never exchanged a keys with Alice. Alice's key is signed by a certain X. X's key is signed by Y, an entity ...