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digital certificate


n. ~ A file issued by a certificate authority that binds an individual or organization to a public key so that the identity of the individual or organization can be authenticated.

(RFC 2828, 2000) A certificate document in the form of a digital data object (a data object used by a computer) to which is appended a computed digital signature value that depends on the data object. ¶ [Deprecated] ISDs SHOULD NOT use this term to refer to a signed CRL [certificate revocation list] or CKL [compromised key list]. Although the recommended definition can be interpreted to include those items, the security community does not use the term with those meanings.