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What is a root certificate

what is a root certificate

As a rule of thumb:

No. implied in trusting the customer's CA certificate is the trust in every certificate signed by that CA.

I don't know of any applications/libraries that have an easy option that allows you as the end-user to select that you'll trust your customers or any other CA certificate only for certain (sub-) domains i.e. only for * and * and nothing else.

Mozilla has a similar concern about currently trusted government sponsored CA's as an open attention point and for instance Chrome has extra checks built in for accessing Google sites, which was how the rogue * certificate and the compromise of the Diginotar CA became public.

But even if you don't trust

the CA, you can still import/trust a specific server certificate signed by that CA, which will prevent SSL warnings for the hostnames in that certificate. That should make your application work without errors or complaints.


A very underused option of the X.509v3 PKI standard is the Name Constraints extension, which allows a CA certificate to contain white- and blacklists of domain name patterns it is authorized to issue certificates for.

You might be lucky and your customer has restrained themselves when they set up their PKI infrastructure and included that Name constraint in their CA certificate. Then you can import their CA certificate directly and know that it can only validate a limited range of domain names.

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