2013/01/23

XCA Certificate Authority

After much searching and testing various Linux GUI certificate authority applications I finally found one that works consistently and gives me all of the options that I need.  I am not exactly sure how I missed it as it has been out for some time but XCA has turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.  The biggest issue I had was creating certificates for Windows Servers in order to setup LDAPS.  I had used TinyCA2, GnoMint, and various others.  Both were either limited in their capabilities or failed to work consistently.  I even tried to go setup full PKI systems like EJBCA and Windows Certificate Services but found them to be to difficult to pick up in the limited amount of time I had to learn how to use it.

XCA uses a Qt based GUI interface that is well organized and full featured.  I found the ability to create templates a great time saver when you have to crank out lots of certificates. Plus the ability to export to any format is also very handy as sometimes I never know what I need and I can never remember the correct openssl commands to convert to different formats.

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