Roles in a public key infrastructure

Understanding the roles involved is essential for designing a public key infrastructure.

The term "public key infrastructure" encompasses much more than the technical components and is often misleadingly used.

In summary, a public key infrastructure is both an authentication technology and the totality of all the components involved.

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List of certificate use cases for which compatibility with elliptic curve (ECC)-based keys is known

As computing power becomes increasingly available, the need to use stronger cryptographic keys also increases. Often there is a need (for example, because the keys have to be protected by a trusted platform module) to use elliptic curves (ECC) based keys to be used. For their use, it is essential that compatibility with the intended use cases is ensured.

Below is a list of use cases for which I am aware of compatibility.

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Install SSCEP for Linux (Debian Buster) and apply for certificates via the Network Device Enrollment Service (NDES).

If you want to equip a large quantity of systems with certificates, a Manual request and renewal of certificates is not an option. The only viable path is automation.

For systems that are not members of the Active Directory forest, an automatic certificate request via RPC/DCOM not an option.

For certain use cases, the Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP) is an interesting alternative. There are not only clients for Windows for this protocol, but also for Linux with SSCEP. SSCEP is used, among other things, by thin clients with the eLux operating system used.

The following describes how to set up the SSCEP client on a Debian Buster Linux system - either to use it to manage servers or to be able to test the client-side behavior.

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Network Device Enrollment Service (NDES) Basics

The Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP) was developed by Verisign for Cisco in the early 2000s to provide a simplified method for requesting certificates. Previously, network devices required manually generating a certificate request on each device, submitting it to a certificate authority, and then manually reinstalling the issued certificate on the corresponding device.

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Authentication at the Network Device Enrollment Service (NDES) with an existing certificate (renewal mode)

The Network Device Enrollment Service (NDES) has the ability to authenticate with a previously issued certificate in order to reapply for a certificate with the same content. This is very convenient for renewal operations, as it eliminates the need to apply for a one-time password beforehand.

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