securing FAS certs

Mike McGrath mmcgrath at
Thu Aug 21 19:21:34 UTC 2008

On Thu, 21 Aug 2008, Jeffrey Ollie wrote:

> 2008/8/21 Toshio Kuratomi <a.badger at>:
> >
> > The Fedora Certificates issued by FAS are currently set to be autogenerated
> > if you have an account in FAS.  This has one drawback.  We have to keep the
> > password for the CA keys that sign the FAS certificates in a file on the
> > filesystem so that the automatic signing can use them.
> >
> > Has anyone else had to confront this problem?  Right now I'm thinking of
> > coding something that involves human interaction to sign the certs and send
> > email notifying people when their cert is ready to download. That's
> > certainly doable, but introduces a wait time that isn't in the current
> > design.  I'd love input on better ways to do this.
> What about using a crypto card like Jesse plans on using for Sigul?

I've never actually used a crypto card... Do they add additional security
if they're sitting in a colo always plugged in?  If so how do they do


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