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RE: SSL Server IDs
From: "Bruce Davis" <talesian () istop com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 23:53:26 -0500

In my company I had the unfortunate issue an insistance from above to use
Verisign, however the good news is that Verisign has a program where if you
are getting a significant number of certs and are willing to pay up front
you can get a discount on the price as well as being able to issue them
yourself through a website application. This is handy if you have a rough
idea of how many you're going to need but the renewals occur through out the
year. I would image that the other companies must have something similar.
Believe me it's real handy to have on a weekend when one of your sites goes
down because it uses a cert that you weren't told about and there's no
manager about to make the purchase of the cert for you.
I realise it doesn't answer your question but it does give you an additional
feature to ask about when choosing a vendor.

-----Original Message-----
From: Nicholas Diotte [mailto:xphox () xphox net]
Sent: November 18, 2003 1:02 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: SSL Server IDs

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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