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Old 12-19-2003, 08:21 AM   #1
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SSL Certificate terminology


Does anybody know the terminology of having 3 type of ceritficate for a SSL server? I was told there are 3 certificate, Root, Intermediate, and Your certificated. Any reason for having 3 to chain the certificate into one entity or not. I like to plan/build an Apache server with verisign SSL certificate installed.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 08:50 AM   #2
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This basically deals with the level of trustworthiness of a certificate. How much people trust the certificate installed at your site is dependant on it's "lineage". If it can be traced to a known "good" issuer like Verisign via the "chain" then the user will probably trust your certificate. If the browser is unable to trace your cert back to a known root cert directly or via an intermediary, it will open one of those "do you want to trust this certificate" windows for the user to accept or reject.
 
  


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