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Components of a PKI, Part 3: Certificate Revocation

One important function of Certificate Authorities that’s mentioned briefly in Part 2 of our “Components of a PKI” blog series is the ability to perform certificate revocation, or the CA’s ability to revoke certificates it issued previously.

Components of a PKI, Part 1: Digital Certificates

Digital certificates (most commonly represented by the X.509 public key certificate standard) are signed data objects that associate a public key with an individual user, device, or entity. In this case, we’re specifically referring to digital certificates formatted using the X.509 standard.