Traditional CAs

Understanding the Traditional CA 'Handicaps'

Certificate Authority [CA] software and solutions that have 'grown' over time from the late 1990's and early 2000's can be grouped together and referred too as Traditional CAs. These CAs are unlike the Modern CA systems and the following observations are general to most of these CAs. Then there are further observations, specific to Microsoft® CA [MS-CA]. These are set out in the following sub sections.

Important Observations on the Traditional CA

There are three primary differences between the Traditional/MS-CA and more modern CA systems, namely:

The following list summarises the deficiencies in most traditional CA systems:

Specific Observations on Microsoft CA

Specifically, in the case of Microsoft® CA (and also Lotus Notes in certain instances) the following specific deficiencies can be found:

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