Certificates turn 30, X.509 turns 20, no-one notices

Jon Callas jon at callas.org
Tue Nov 25 20:47:31 EST 2008

On Nov 24, 2008, at 8:54 PM, Peter Gutmann wrote:

> This doesn't seem to have garnered much attention, but this year  
> marks two
> milestones in PKI: Loren Kohnfelder's thesis was published 30 years  
> ago, and
> X.509v1 was published 20 years ago.
> As a sign of PKI's successful penetration of the marketplace, the  
> premier get-
> together for PKI folks, the IDtrust Symposium (formerly the PKI  
> Workshop and
> now in its eighth year) authenticates participants with... username  
> and
> password, for lack of a working PKI.
> (OK, it's a bit of a cheap shot and it's been done before, but I  
> thought it
> was especially significant this year :-).

Yeah, they should be using OpenID. :-)


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