A Different Approach to Certificate Path Discovery and Validation

S. Russell (Australia)


public key infrastructure, recursive certificate, X.509, elec tronic commerce


Security services involving public key based transactions frequently require processing of a chain of certificates, a task which can be time consuming and difficult because of complex content and discovery and proof of certification paths. This paper shows how a modified certificate creation process can produce a recursive structure which simplifies path discovery and assists with certificate validation.

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