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Sub-Root certificates

Question: I would like CAcert to sign my Root certificate so I can sign other certificates, is this possible?

Answer: The short answer is no.

Because we are seeking inclusions in mainstream browsers we have been advised that this would not only complicate things but potentially exclude us from ever being included. This is because we have no control over who you are issuing certificates for, ensuring that you are sticking to your practices/policies, who has access to the private key, so on and so forth. At this point in time it isn't something we are willing to risk after all the hard work people have put into working towards this goal.

Answer: The longer answer is yes.


If you are looking for an easier way to manage certificates within a legally recognised organisation you should take a look at our OrganisationAssurance system: OrganisationEntities.

Automatic certificate issueing

If you are interested in automatic issueing of certificates, we already have the following options for you:

Intermediate certificates

If you really need an intermediate certificate (so that you can limit reliance-applications to the certificates that are issued by that intermediate certificate), then CAcert could offer a so called "ManagedPki" solution, where CAcert creates a dedicated Intermediate certificate, and operates that intermediate certificate for you. You will be able to use both the normal webinterface, and also the CertApi to issue certificates that way. With this scenario, CAcert operates the Intermediate CA for you, and enforces the policy of the Sub CA for you, so that you don´t need to get your own Sub-CA audited. CAcert will provide you with a stable, automatic interface to issue certificates for your Intermediate-CA.

Constrained Sub-CA´s

If you have high-availability demands for certificate issueing, or any other reasons that makes it necessary that you operate your own CA in-house, then we could offer 2 possible ways to achieve that:

Unconstrained Sub-CA

For unconstrained Sub-CA´s, CAcert will likely have similar requirements to these: I guess that you should allocate a few hundred thousand EUR/USD for the costs of that program. And in the end, it will likely be easier to get included into the browsers yourself, instead of getting a unconstrained Sub-CA from CAcert.

If you have any specific needs that can´t be handled with the existing programs already available, please contact us.

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SubRoot (last edited 2008-10-07 11:57:26 by SunTzuMelange)