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3.3 Certificate Definition

3.3 Certificate Definition

Certificates are central to the key management architecture for X.509 and PEM. This section provides an overview of the syntax and a description of the semantics of certificates. Appendix A includes the ASN.1 syntax for certificates. A certificate includes the following contents:

  1. version

  2. serial number

  3. signature (algorithm ID and parameters)

  4. issuer name

  5. validity period

  6. subject name

  7. subject public key (and associated algorithm ID)


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