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Problems with the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) for the World Wide Web

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (individual)
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Authors Russ Housley , Karen O'Donoghue
Last updated 2015-11-01
Replaced by draft-iab-web-pki-problems
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This document describes the technical and non-technical problems with the current Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) used for the World Wide Web. Some potential technical improvements are considered, and some non-technical approaches to improvements are discussed.


Russ Housley
Karen O'Donoghue

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