CA|B Fourm Passes Ballot 218 – Removing validation methods 1 and 5

As of August 1, 2018, all Certification Authorities (CA) can no longer validate domains by matching WHOIS domain registrant search results with certificate requester. Purpose of Ballot: Section 3.2.2.4 says that it “defines the permitted processes and procedures for validating the Applicant’s ownership or control of the domain.”  Most of the validation methods actually do validate ownership […]

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What is a Certificate Signing Request (CSR)?

A Certificate Signing Request or CSR is a specially formatted underdeveloped public key that is used for enrollment of an SSL Certificate. The information on this CSR is important for a Certificate Authority (CA). It is needed to validate the information required to issue a SSL Certificate. The public key (CSR) is freely given away […]

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What is the CA/Browser Forum?

The Certification Authority Browser Forum, also known as CA/Browser Forum, is a voluntary consortium of certification authorities, vendors of Internet browser software, operating systems, and other PKI (Encrypted) applications that make the industry guidelines. It governs the issuance and management of SSL and Code Signing  digital certificates that chain to a trust anchor root that is embedded in such […]

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SSL Terminology (CA,SSL,Malware…)

SSL Terminology is important to understand the basics of SSL Indicators. Certificate Authority (CA): A third party entity that issues digital or SSL certificates. CA/Browser Forum: Governing entity responsible for establishing the standards of digital certificates purchased through CA’s Certificate Signing Request (CSR): A underdeveloped public key that is used to submit to a CA in order […]

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Maximum Validity of SSL Certificates Reduced to 3 Years

As of March 9th Symantec will only sell a maximum of 3-year OV (Organization Validated) and DV (Domain Validated) SSL Certificates. Maximum Validity of SSL Certificates Reduced to 3 Years. This restriction applies to new certificate issuance as well as renewals. Effective April 1, 2015, the CA/B Forum is reducing the maximum validity of OV […]

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