Root and Identity Certificates

A digital certificate can be thought of as an electronic document that identifies a device or person. It includes information such as the name of a person or organization, their address, and the public key of that person or device. There are different types of certificates, including root certificates (which identify the CA), and identity certificates, which identify devices such as servers and other devices that want to participate in PKI.

Root Certificate

A root certificate contains the public key of the CA server and the other details about the CA server. Figure 5-2 shows an example of one.


Figure 5-2 Root ...

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