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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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Deduce modulus N from public exponent and encrypted data

This is an RSA question, given data encrypted with a public key from an unknown RSA certificate of 2048 bit, let $X$ be the encrypted data, $M$ the unencrypted data, $c$ the public exponent and $N$ it'...
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How can a company have its own Certificate Authority for internal use?

It is possible for a company to deploy its own CA ? How would browsers accept the certificates ? Supposing a company does not want to use the role of a commercial server like Windows Server or any ...
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Does the Shappening mean HTTPS can be broken?

For years we've been warned that SHA-1 is weaker than originally thought and should not be used. This reached its peak with the Shappening and experts from Schneier on down have been warning that we ...
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Certificate Authority RSA key expiration?

My understanding about SSL/TLS for HTTPS is that servers send their certificates to browsers and browser attempt to decrypt them using trusted CA public keys that are already presented in their store. ...
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What are the information signed by a Certification Authority?

What data does a CA sign? I know that in a certificate there is plenty of information like the serial number of the certificate itself, the X.509 version number, the user Public Key, the asymmetric ...
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Verification of Certificates in a Chain

The question is not about mathematical cryptography but about the practical usage of certificates and their chained verification. Please let me know, if this is the wrong place to post the question. ...
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Certificate revocation

When someone claims that the private key corresponding to the public key has been stolen, and sends to the CA a statement of this fact signed with respect to public key pk. Why doesn't the CA need ...
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Where x509 signature validation is concerned, what does the error “x509 certificate chain incomplete of leaf TP not found” mean? [closed]

I'm validating the x509 signature of an XML document and I encounter the following error: "x509 certificate chain incomplete of leaf TP not found" Any thoughts on what the impact is for a TLS ...
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How is the PKCS #10 signature generated?

I'm generating certificate signing request in iOS, which does not provide proper ready-made API for CSR generation. Now the library I have used for CSR generation produces the different signature for ...
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Are there example certificates available for test purposes?

Are there example certificates (PEM format) for testing available somewhere ? For test purposes I would need a certificate signed with SHAS256/ECDSA P-256, together with a complete chain to test ...
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Shortest Path for Certificate Network

I was reading an example from my textbook about verifying a certificate from a client using a certificate network. The example in the book is as follows: A issues a certificate to B. A issues ...
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Any case that can require to encrypt a certificate revocation list before distribution

As far as we know certificate revocation lists (CRLs) include public information so they do not have to be encrypted before distribution. Is there a case that can require to encrypt it before ...
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Why is a CSR signed and which key is used for signing?

I know that a CSR includes a public key from which a signed certificate shall be generated. But why is the CSR istself signed and which key is typically used? For signing I need a private key, so the ...
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Parsing of X.509 certificates

I'm working on a firmware for a platform with limited resources with C as programming language. There are a set of cryptographic primitives to be implemented, including AES, GCM/GMAC, ECDSA, ECDH. ...
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Method to verify a signed archive's X.509 CoT

I am trying to understand the key high level details behind verifying trust when downloading an archive. This is my understanding of how it could be done: On the Software Developer side: Obtain a ...
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Is there a way to inercept encrypted https connections by mimicking a cert authority?

In this video, it is shown how encryption can be theoretically intercepted without the client noticing it. In short something in between the connection could make a handshake with the requested ...
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Same certificate for server authentication and authorizatoin in other system

I have a program which acts as a node in a larger system. Those nodes can be connected to form a tree. TLS with mutual authentication is required, which means that each node has it's own certificate. ...
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Can I discard a specific X509 signature from file?

I'm writing a program to sign files using X.509 certificates and .NET framework classes. My users can sign the same file more than once without any problem (like a revision process). So, a file may ...
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Extra attributes in a certificate signing request

When creating a certificate signing request, there is a part where openssl says "Please enter the following extra attributes to be sent with your certificate request". One of these is a challenge ...
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Is there a method/protocol to validate a self-signed certificate by comparing a shortened hash?

I'm working on a solution where an iPad should connect to a server software running on a laptop using TLS with a self-signed certificate that was automatically generated on the laptop during the ...
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Is PKCS7 a signature format or a certificate format?

I always though PKCS7 was a signature format. However, on the net I find several references to PKCS7 being a certificate format - for example, this talks about PKCS7 certificate: Extract raw ...
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Direct Anonymous Attestation

Could anyone explain me Direct Anonymous Attestation in general terms. I have been trying to read the paper but I really cannot seem to get my head around it. It may seem like a dumb question but I am ...
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X509 Cert exploit CA check

Assumptions Let's theoretically assume that a browser skips the check that a certificate it receives belongs to the stated CA (that's an exercise). How could I exploit this in order to impersonate ...
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X509 certificate

I am studying the X509 certificate structure and here is an OpenSSL configuration file for generating the certificate. ("sth" just mean the actual string is removed) ...
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Can (EC)DH keys be used as the signed content in X.509 certificates?

From Wikipedia's article on ECDH: The public keys are either static (and trusted, say via a certificate)… Also see this question on this very site. These indicate to me that a certificate (maybe ...
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Why does Apple create a certificate for my push notification key [closed]

Brief rundown of how Apple Push Notifications (APN) work: Generate a keypair, generate a CSR for it Upload the latter to your Apple Developer account and associate it with your mobile app In the ...
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CRL number generation sequence: can I use a time stamp?

RFC 5280 states that the CRL number should monotonically increase. I have seen this common practice of incrementing the CRL number by 1, every time a new CRL is generated. But can I use a Unix (epoch ...
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IX509Extension XCN encoding?

I understand from reading MSDN that the X509 v3 extensions must be handcrafted. This involves the CRL, AIA, name and policy constraints, policy mapping, private key usage period, and subject ...
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What will browser show when a user access website and website present certificate of some other domain with same top level domain [closed]

For example, User tries to access a.example.com and server presents abc.example.com with a.example.com not in SANs list. Will it be just a warning or an error?
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How is the root certificate transmitted to pc?

i understand that the purpose of root certificates and CA's is to ensure that the communication parties are who they say they are. But how is the root certificate acquired? Is it not possible that ...
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Would SHA-1 be safe for certificates with short validity?

There are articles floating around the topic of SHA-1 deprecation. The gist of it is that in (mostly) developing countries, people are still using mobile/computing devices that are 5 years old (or ...
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How to verify CA certificate from Yubico with openssl?

I'm going to verify the CA certificate from Yubico. I copied the whole certificate from -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE----- to ...
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How does the certificate trust model work in detail?

How does the whole achitecture between the certificate authority (e.g VeriSign) and its clients (e.g foo.com) work. How does my browser know that foo.com hasn't created its own certificate, wrote "...
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How are all necessary parameters shared between signer and verifier in the ED25519 signature scheme?

I want to use the ED25519 signature scheme in my application which requires frequent sharing of secret data between two entities in the public domain. I know that the Schnorr signature scheme has a ...
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Rogue CA Certificate MD5 Collision Control

Papers from Marc Stevens et al show that X509 certificates that rely on MD5 signatures can break the assumed security model, that is, it allows for a forged certificate to have the same signature as a ...
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X509 certificates: Two Algorithm Identifiers?

I'm wondering why there are two Algorithm Identifiers in a X509 certificate. One is in the "to be signed" part and the other one is at the end right before the actual signature. Are they used for the ...
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Certificate Path Verification of X509 Certificate

I have the trusted root certificate which I am validating using the self signed key. I also have the intermediate certificate, which i am validating using the root certificate. Now when i am ...
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Must root certificates be self signed?

Root certificates are normally self-signed. What is the reason behind that convention? I mean, one must trust the root certificate in a non cryptographic way anyhow.
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Authenticating code securely and generating a certificate

I'm working on a product with strong security. Essentially there is an App, downloaded from the iTunes App Store. When the App starts up, it generates a strong RSA keypair and stores it in the ...
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How is OID 2a 86 48 86 f7 0d parsed as 1.2.840.113549?

I saw that an RSA key, created by OpenSSL, contains the following HEX string: 2a 86 48 86 f7 0d 01 01 01 that HEX string gets interpreted as Object ID: 1.2.840.113549.1.1.1 It is obvious 01 01 ...
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Is the warning given by chrome warranted?

I went to a payment page on a site recently, and chrome was warning me that the page is possibly not secure, I have a very basic understanding of crypto but not enough to fully understand why this ...
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Where is Signaturevalue in Certificate?

Where is the Digital Signature value in my certificate? I can find Signature Algorithm and Signature Hash algorithm. Also why there are two fields specifying the Signature's Hash? With Signature ...
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TLS Handshake : Server authentication or only Server ‘s Certificate authentication?

I have some difficulty understanding the way in which the Server is really authenticated by Client in TLS handshake (in case of using RSA key exchange). When Client receives Server ‘s Certificate and ...
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SSL pinning - how to safely hide the certificate?

We are doing an iPhone app and read multiple forums which says SSL pinning makes it possible to avoid man in the middle as we trust our web services server through the certificate which will be pre ...
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Signature Verification: High level

I'm trying to understand how certificate signing and verification works conceptually. I know the classic example with asymmetric cryptography- the sender encrypts data with public key of receiver, ...
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Certificate for the public key

I am new to Network Security and learning about various security features like Diffie-Helmann and others. I understand that the Public key send by the server to the client needs to certified that it ...
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Compromised Issuing CA [closed]

I'm configuring a PKI infrastructure with an offline root CA and several issuing CAs. Among other topics, I'm struggling to decide how the revokation of an Issuing CA certificate works. My Root CA ...
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Trying to understand the use of ECC in TLS certificates

I was looking the certificate of this website: https://www.cloudflare.com that has an ECC based certification. I'm just curious to know if is possible to understand which elliptic curve is used and ...
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What should I think about these unique certificate serial numbers [closed]

I was looking at the serial numbers of the certificates for www.google.com and wordpress.com. Wordpress was listed by openssl as: 04:0B:D4:F8:25:88:C5 This serial is listed as the serial for both ...
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where should private and public keys be stored? [closed]

I am kind of confused whether should a newly generated key pair be stored in a keystore or in just a normal plain text file? From what I read from online source, there are serveral explainations ...