Digital Certificate Operation in a Complex Environment
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CA Certification Authority An agency or organisation that is able to publish and give out digital certificates (but can it be trusted?) IETF definition: "An authority trusted by one or more users to create and assign public key certificates. Optionally the CA may create the user's keys. It is important to note that the CA is responsible for the public key certificates during their whole lifetime (what includes renewal, revocation, etc.), not just for issuing them."
See also the following Open Source implementations: OpenCA and pyCA.
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