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5.10) What are Attribute Certificates?




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This article is from the Secure Sockets Layer Discussion List FAQ, by Shannon Appel SAppel@consensus.com with numerous contributions by others.

5.10) What are Attribute Certificates?

Attribute Certificates are a new type of certificate proposed by
Netscape. These are signed objects that assert additional properties
about a particular identity certificate.

An attribute cert has no associated key pair and consequently cannot
be used to establish identity. Informally, one can think of them as
a mechanism for extending the attributes of an identity certificate
without requiring that the identity certificate be reissued.

More details of the proposal are at
<http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/ietf-tls/msg00796.html>

 

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