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J2EE™ Security for Servlets, EJBs and Web Services: Applying Theory and Standards to Practice by Pankaj Kumar

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PKI Use-Cases

In the beginning, PKI was thought of as a global infrastructure to securely identify members of a large population where everyone has digital certificates, and these certificates are the primary means to authenticate users over the network for a wide variety of activities—sending mail, making purchases over the Web, conducting financial transactions, even participating in electronic voting and so on. Such widespread use has not become a reality. However, in certain niche areas, PKI has successfully been deployed to meet very specific needs. We look at two such PKI use-cases in this section.

Server Authentication for Online Transactions

This particular use-case is something most of us encounter in our daily life. Go to the website ...

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