16th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference
December 11-15, 2000
New Orleans, Louisiana

A Reliable, Scalable General-purpose Certificate Store

Peter Gutmann
IBM T.J.Watson Research Center

Although there have been various proposals to build large-scale PKIs, there appears to be no research publicly available on the underlying certificate store which will be required to support such a PKI. This paper analyses the requirements for, and presents the design of, a general-purpose certificate store which places few constraints on the underlying computer hardware or operating system used, provides a high degree of scalability (from single end users up to the corporate/CA level), and provides the level of reliability, availability, and error recovery required of such an application and stipulated in a number of standards which cover CA operation.

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