Evaluating Third Party Root Certificates for Corporate PKI Trust Stores
Date of Award
Information & Comm Technology
Master of Applied Science
Info & Communications Technol
PKI; Certificate; Trust; Root
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.
Miller, James, "Evaluating Third Party Root Certificates for Corporate PKI Trust Stores" (2011). University College: Information and Communications Technology Capstones. 17.