Practical Issues with TLS Client Certificate Authentication

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Provided by: UNIVERSITY OF TARGU MURES
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
The most widely used secure internet communication standard TLS (Transport Layer Security) has an optional client certificate authentication feature that in theory has significant security advantages over HTML form-based password authentication. In this paper the authors discuss practical security and usability issues related to TLS client certificate authentication stemming from the server side and browser implementations. In particular they analyze apache mod-ssl implementation on server side and the most popular browsers - Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer on client side.
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