Digital Certificate Operation in a Complex Environment
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PKCS#12 Public Key Cryptography Standard #12 PKCS#12 is a standard format for the exchange of private data. It simplifies the process to transfer certificates and related private keys from one machine to an other in a secure manner. Applications that allow you to export certificates and keys to files will often use the PKCS#12 format. Unfortunately, PKCS#12 containers are only protected by encryption with a user supplied password and this can be very weak. Even worse: many applications currently allow the user to enter an empty password. Another related issue is that there is no defined mechanism to destroy these files after they have been used and are no longer required.
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