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Re: SSL Server IDs
From: "ty kirk" <ca_ca_ca_cooler () msn com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 13:48:17 +0000

How big is your company? If it's small and most of the usage is internal, then self-sign using a certificate authority and then trust the certificate authority through their browsers. But if you have many external customers, then it'll increase their confidence in your sites if you use Verisign, whether they are secure or not. My 2 cents.

From: Nicholas Diotte <xphox () xphox net>
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: SSL Server IDs
Date: 18 Nov 2003 18:01:48 -0000

Good afternoon list,

I've been asked to find a way to enable SSL on all our products, the problem is they are spread accross multiple servers, and devices.

Based on my current knowledge, I would assume that it is okay for me to self sign, and generate my own certificates. However the powers that be, do not want to have to confirm a message box each time they close their browser.

So my question is the following: What is the difference between certificates? You can pay $400.00 for a VeriSign SuperCert, you can pay $99.00 from DirectNic, and you can generate them yourself. What are the advantages of going with VeriSign, vs. a smaller company. And what are the disadvantages of generating your own.

Also, 2nd questions: Why not have a wildcard certificate? *.domain.org. And can you use the wildcard certificate on multiple devices. So I guess, can you copy the same key on multiple servers?

This environment contains multiple webservers, mostly IIS, but some Apache.


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