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how to sign an x.509 certificate?

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This post is a "sanity check"....

I have located the docs on how to sign a x.509 certificate

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa529277.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa528788.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa528756.aspx

Step 2 in the first one refers to the second one "creating a custom policy
assertion". Just a brief scan of the first and second link depicts a huge
task.

My question is: Is signing a x.509 certificate really this difficult?

Is it any easier in WCF than it is in WSE 3.0?

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Gary Blakely
Sep 9 '08 #1
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No, it is not much easier, but it is heading that direction. Security is a
serious thing and the minds developing these things are still working their
way around the problem. Of note, however, is the fact that creating a
service, internal or external has gotten easier. I think that is a major
step. At least most of it is declarative, which is a good thing.

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This post is a "sanity check"....

I have located the docs on how to sign a x.509 certificate

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa529277.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa528788.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa528756.aspx

Step 2 in the first one refers to the second one "creating a custom policy
assertion". Just a brief scan of the first and second link depicts a huge
task.

My question is: Is signing a x.509 certificate really this difficult?

Is it any easier in WCF than it is in WSE 3.0?

--
Regards,
Gary Blakely

Sep 9 '08 #2

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Hi Gary,

The link you provided is about programmtically perform message signing in
WSE. Yes, you need to follow all those steps. Actually both WSE or WCF api
has help encapsulated much underlying X509 digital signing details.

Also, generally if those configuration based policy can satisfy your
requirement, you're preferred to use those configuration based predefined
policys. IMO, WCF's predefined security policy is more complete and also
provide much more convenient user interface and XML conifiguration schema
(help us edit the configuration file easily)

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>From: "GaryDean" <gd**********@newsgroup.nospam>
Subject: how to sign an x.509 certificate?
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2008 18:16:44 -0700
>
This post is a "sanity check"....

I have located the docs on how to sign a x.509 certificate

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa529277.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa528788.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa528756.aspx

Step 2 in the first one refers to the second one "creating a custom policy
assertion". Just a brief scan of the first and second link depicts a huge
task.

My question is: Is signing a x.509 certificate really this difficult?

Is it any easier in WCF than it is in WSE 3.0?

--
Regards,
Gary Blakely
Sep 9 '08 #3

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