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Reducing the size of certificate chain

Posted on 2016-10-05
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HI,
Following is a capture of wireshark :
 Screen-Shot-2016-10-05-at-5.22.43-PM.pngHere there are 3 certificates and the size is : 4310 bytes
Here are the certificates as i see in chrome :

Screen-Shot-2016-10-05-at-5.22.54-PM.png
I read up the following rule for optimization of certificates :
Ideally, your sent certificate chain should contain exactly two certificates and A carefully managed certificate chain can be as low as 2 or 3 KB in size

But the certificate chain for my site exceeds 4 KB.
Please suggest any approach to lower this down.. I think i will have to somehow get away with the intermediate certificate..

Thanks
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Question by:Rohit Bajaj
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If that is the chain of one specific certificate you cannot change it. What you can do is to use a 'different' certificate that uses a shorter chain. However, it means re-issue a new certificate and complete the entire process to implement the new one.

On another hand you will not wish to set one intermediate certificate as a root ca to shorten the path in your server as far as it would be a very bad security practice.
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Dirk Kotte earned 350 total points
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your book are from 2013. Last years we double the certificate length and nearly every CA add some sub-CAs.
The statement: "which will overflow the initial congestion windows size of older servers ..." is not current.

Using a certificate with fewer intermediate chains and / or a smaller public key size can reduce the amount of data but is not an option today ...mostly...
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