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“CAcert (Version: N/A)”:

Manufacturer of the IMS

  • CaCert Inc.
  • URL: (Visit Homepage)
  • Nature of provider / distributor: Non-profit international association
  • Nationality of the manufacturer: N/A

Type of the IMS / Class of the IMS

  • Type of the IMS: Type 1
  • Class of the IMS: N/A

Supported languages

  • N/A

References for the IMS

Is the IMS an open/closed IMS?

State of IMS deployment

Distribution of the IMS

Geographic scope

Is the IMS an open/closed IMS?: Open

State of IMS deployment: Available

Distribution of the IMS: N/A

Geographic scope: Global

Hard and software requirements of the IMS

Any X.509v3 implementation

Installed base of the IMS (Userbase)

over 40.000 certificates (June 2005)

Interoperability and supported standards

Follows X.509v3 and OCSP standards.

Server-side component(s)

Database, Web page, revocation service.

Client-side component(s)

The client needs software for key creation, certificate handling, signing and encryption. Depending on the intended use of the certificate (code-signing, web server, e-mail), additional components are required.

Description of functionality / features (client and server)

The project aims to build a free Certificate Authority while at the same time providing a sufficiently high level of trust.

The basic idea is to let "assurers" check the identity of applicants (by face-to-face meeting and check of government-issued ID cards). The assurer can give the certificate a number of "assurance points". The maximum number she can assign is bounded by her status as assurer. Certificate holders with sufficiently many points on their certificates can apply to become assurers themselves. The project claims to have over 2000 assurers world-wide.

Main functionality

Certificate Authority for S/MIME and HTTPS

Purchase costs in EUR

0 (Free)

Flow charts of the IMS

Screenshots of the IMS

Other file resources

N/A

Evaluator of the IMS

Martin Meints (ICPP)

General Comments (free text)

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