Encryption Protocol TLS 1.3 Released.

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) —the organization that approves proposed Internet standards and protocols has approved TLS 1.3 as the next version of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol.  TLS allows client/server applications to communicate over the Internet in a way that is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, and message forgery. How Does This Pertain to SSL Certificates? In short, Technically Nothing. The term SSL certificate has been used for the purposes of marketing since the creation of the digital certificates.  SSL just like TLS are actually protocols that utilize a digital certificates public & private keypair . A digital certificate keypair by itself  is  nothing more than a place holder of 2048 bits or greater and is needed in […]

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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 by the server system or administrator so that the respective party can perform encryption. When it comes to enrolling for a SSL/TLS server certificate from a CA there comes  standards set by the CA|B Forum and Various RFC’s from the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force). Some of these standards include… Not accepting or issuing certificate with anything less than 2048 bits, No SHA1/MD5 Algorithm Certificates issued from CA’s […]

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