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X-509 certificates

 
Sridhar Raman
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Is the client side certificate also an X-509 certificate???
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If you actually have a cert, then it is.
I say if because, unless the server specifically requires one, you can do SSL (HTTPS) without a client cert.
 
Sridhar Raman
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Thanks for the response. I came across this mock question somewhere.
X509 cetificates are certificates installed on the
1. Server 2. Client. 3. blah 4. blah
As you have mentioned, client side certificates are optional in SSL. My question is, what will you choose here??? 1? 1 and 2? or reject the question as ambiguous?
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Sridhar
[ February 27, 2002: Message edited by: Sridhar Raman001 ]
 
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The "correct" (IMO) answer is both Client and Server. However, I've found that many times you must guess at what they meant to ask and not just what the question says. Sometimes the context can give a clue.
If they aren't referencing "mutual" authentication in some way, then I suspect they expect you to pick the Server as the answer since that's where you will ususally see an X.509 cert.
 
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