Solved

Digital Signature

Posted on 2016-08-22
2
14 Views
Last Modified: 2016-09-10
What is the difference between a PKCS#12 digital ID file and a Windows Certificate Store?  How are these used and how portable are they ?  Which is more secure?
0
Comment
Question by:Michael Miller
  • 2
2 Comments
 
LVL 62

Accepted Solution

by:
btan earned 500 total points (awarded by participants)
ID: 41766170
PKCS12 ID is actually just a file that contains the keypair that is tied to the specific identity or entity. It can be refer to PFX or P12  extension files.

Cert Store is just a storage place widely refers to Windows repository storing the digital x509v3 certificates for the issued key pair.

The digital ID could reside in the Mac Keychain (its the Macintosh equivalent of the Windows Certificate Store), or on a smart card or USB token or even a specialized server, all of which application such as Acrobat can access.

The crux of the matter is the .PFX file is itself being encrypted using password security. Cert Store can be accessible by authorised user and the OS. The use of PFX does assure the owner of the key issued as compared the assurance comes from an trusted certificate authority (in trusted root store). Anyway, you likely to have both for secure identity and going for your digital signing amd encryption.
0
 
LVL 62

Expert Comment

by:btan
ID: 41792490
Explanation given.
0

Featured Post

Gigs: Get Your Project Delivered by an Expert

Select from freelancers specializing in everything from database administration to programming, who have proven themselves as experts in their field. Hire the best, collaborate easily, pay securely and get projects done right.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The new Gmail Phishing Scam going around is surprising even the savviest of users with its sophisticated techniques. This attack comes as a nightmare trifecta for email filtering services; sent from a familiar contact, using authentic tone and verbi…
Knowing where your website is hosted is as important as the features you receive, the monthly fee, and the support you receive. Due diligence should be done when choosing your next hosting provider.
Nobody understands Phishing better than an anti-spam company. That’s why we are providing Phishing Awareness Training to our customers. According to a report by Verizon, only 3% of targeted users report malicious emails to management. With compan…
With Secure Portal Encryption, the recipient is sent a link to their email address directing them to the email laundry delivery page. From there, the recipient will be required to enter a user name and password to enter the page. Once the recipient …

785 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question