Title

Evaluating Third Party Root Certificates for Corporate PKI Trust Stores

Date of Award

7-30-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Information & Comm Technology

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Info & Communications Technol

Advisor

Harry Smith

Keywords

PKI; Certificate; Trust; Root

Abstract

The Trusted Root Certification Authorities store is the trust anchor for PKI- enabled applications running in a Microsoft Windows environment. Inclusion of less-than-desirable root certificates has the potential to lead to serious consequences, including system compromise or malware infections. For this reason, an organization should vet each certificate that is added to this repository rather than to trust the default contents provided by the vendor. A careful examination of the certificate authority's certification practice statement along with inspection of critical fields in the root certificate and associated subordinate certificates provides an acceptable vetting process.

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