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RE: Stealing certificates
From: Rygg Christian <christian.rygg () edb com>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 09:19:06 +0100

Hi,

I think I was a bit inaccurate in my mail. I meant to ask about stealing a
certificate (which isn't actually stealing, I know) AND the corresponding
private key. I'm just used to working with PKCS#12 files, and calling them
certificates, even though I know that's not accurate, as they contain the
private key as well. Sorry about the mixing of names/expressions :)

C Rygg

-----Original Message-----
From: Adrian McCullagh [mailto:Adrian.McCullagh () freehills com]
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2002 2:16 AM
To: Rygg Christian
Cc: 'SECURITY-BASICS () SECURITYFOCUS COM'
Subject: Re: Stealing certificates



Rygg,

I am confused by your request for informatiom.

Firstly, the private key is not stored in a certificate only the public key
is embodied in a certificate.

Secondly, it does not matter that someone can so called "steal" a
certificate.  The certificate is meant to be copied and exposed to as many
organisations as possible.

The issue of inserting a fake certificate is very problematical and easy to
achieve.  Especially as the procedure of inserting Certificates has been
published by MS.

Dr. Adrian McCullagh Ph. D.
Solicitor
Freehills

Direct 61 7 3258 6603
Telephone 61 7 3258 6666
Facsimile 61 7 3258 6444
http://www.freehills.com

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