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Solaris 8 Security by Edgar Danielyan

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Digital Certificates and Certifying Authorities (CAs)

Digital certificates are public keys signed using a digital signature algorithm by a trusted third party called a Certifying (or Certification) Authority (CA). The digital certificate includes identification information for the holder of the certificate (such as a name, address, and so on). For a web server, this identification includes the fully qualified domain name (FQDN); for a natural person, it might include the passport number and country of citizenship, among other information. The dominant standard for digital certificates is the X.509 standard, which is used in particular in the Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security specification. Digital certificates are very useful and ...

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