Requesting certificate authority-signed personal certificates
In a production environment, use a personal certificate signed by a certificate authority (CA). The principal or the owner of the CA-signed personal certificate is authenticated by a CA when the CA signs the principal certificate. Since the certificate authorities (CAs) keep their private keys secure, the signed certificate is more trustworthy than a self-signed certificate. Certificate authorities are entities that issue valid certificates for other entities. Well-known CAs include VeriSign, Entrust, and GTE CyberTrust. You can request a test certificate or a production certificate from some of the CAs like VeriSign. The authentication process by a CA can take time. Commercial CAs often require up to a week to complete their authentication process. Even on-site CAs can take several minutes, if not hours, or even days, to complete their authentication process. Therefore, plan for the certificates that you need.
Considering the following points when you plan for the CA-signed certificate:
- On the certificate signing request that you send to the CA, specify the common name for the certificate. The common name is the primary, universal identity for the certificate. It should uniquely identify the principal that it represents. Verify that the common name is valid in the configured user registry for the WebSphere domain.
- Check the formating of the address fields that your CA requires when planning the address for a certificate request.
- Create and send a certificate signing request (CSR) to the CA.
- Visit the CA Web site and follow the instructions to request a test or production certificate.
Once the request is accepted, the certificate authority verifies your identity and finally issues a signed certificate to you. The certificate is usually sent through e-mail.
Once you receive the e-mail from the CA, follow the instructions to store your signed certificate as a file. Receive or store the certificate into the keystore file as a personal certificate.
See AlsoDigital certificates
Creating certificate signing requests
Receiving certificate authority-signed personal certificates