[cabfpub] Browsers & Enrollment (was Re: Edge Browser Can't View Certificate)

Ryan Sleevi sleevi at google.com
Fri Aug 28 23:27:01 UTC 2015

On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 3:33 PM, Rob Stradling <rob.stradling at comodo.com>

> Perhaps, with your W3C hat on, you know more about Microsoft's plans than
> I do.  However, if you don't mind, I'd like to hear from Microsoft about
> whether or not Edge's non-support for certificate enrolment is deliberate.

No W3C hat required - from one of the Microsoft IE/Edge PMs -

If that's the case, then I suppose the simplest solution is for the CA to
> generate the keypair, then issue the cert, and then send a
> password-encrypted PKCS#12 file to the user.

Or you can use WebCrypto to generate a keypair (which is constrained to
that origin), perform whatever proof of possession dance is required (e.g.
signing a CSR; again, using WebCrypto), submiting the CSR to the CA and
using WebCrypto to 'export' the key from JavaScript into a PKCS#12 blob
URL, which could then be invoked as a download.

The benefit to this is that the CA never need touch the key material. It
could live entirely on the client, avoiding any pesky escrow/generation
concerns. While a CA could, theoretically, access that private key (e.g. by
serving JS that caused WebCrypto to post them the exported private key),
it's no different a threat-model from a CA using a native enrollment
technology to escrow their key.
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