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SSL Certificates HOWTO

SSL Certificates HOWTO

Franck Martin

A first hand approach on how to manage a certificate authority (CA), and issue or sign certificates to be used for secure web, secure e-mail, or signing code and other usages.

Table of Contents
1. Generalities
1.1. Introduction
1.1.1. Disclaimer and Licence
1.1.2. Prior knowledge
1.2. What is SSL and what are Certificates?
1.2.1. Private Key/Public Key:
1.2.2. The Certificate:
1.2.3. The Symmetric key:
1.2.4. Encryption algorithm:
1.2.5. The Hash:
1.2.6. Signing:
1.2.7. PassPhrase:
1.2.8. Public Key Infrastructure
1.3. What about S/Mime or other protocols?
2. Certificate Management
2.1. Installation
2.1.1. The utility
2.1.2. The openssl.cnf file
2.1.3. Create the Certification Authority
2.2. Create a Root Certification Authority Certificate.
2.3. Create a non root Certification Authority Certificate.
2.4. Install the CA root certificate as a Trusted Root Certificate
2.4.1. In Netscape/Mozilla
2.4.2. In Galeon
2.4.3. In Opera
2.4.4. In Internet Explorer
2.5. Certificate management
2.5.1. Generate and Sign a certificate request
2.5.2. Revoke a certificate
2.5.3. Renew a certificate
2.5.4. Display a certificate
2.5.5. The index.txt file
2.5.6. Build your web based Certificate Authority
3. Using Certificates in Applications
3.1. Securing Internet Protocols.
3.1.1. Using a certificate with mod_ssl in apache
3.1.2. Using a certificate with IMAPS
3.1.3. Using a certificate with POPS
3.1.4. Using a certificate with Postfix
3.1.5. Using a certificate with Stunnel
3.1.6. Generate and Sign a key with Microsoft Key Manager
3.2. Securing E-mails.
3.2.1. Generate and use an s/mime certificate
3.2.2. To use this certificate with MS Outlook
3.2.3. To use this certificate with MS Outlook Express
3.2.4. To use this certificate with Netscape Messenger
3.2.5. To use this certificate with Evolution
3.2.6. To use this certificate with Balsa
3.2.7. To use this certifcate with KMail
3.3. Securing Files
3.3.1. WinCrypt
3.4. Securing Code
3.4.1. Micosoft Code
3.5. IPSec
3.5.1. FreeS/WAN
4. Global PKI
4.1. Current PKIs
4.2. The need for a Global PKI


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