[nycbug-talk] USENIX + CACert

Chris Coleman chrisc
Fri Jun 11 12:07:14 EDT 2004

Ok, I have my cert from CAcert.  Now who is going to write me an quick 
explanation of how to install it on Mail.app in my ibook?

(An article is in order on setting this up on BSD and ibooks.)


On Jun 10, 2004, at 11:05 AM, Bob Ippolito wrote:

> I don't think I'm going to be able to make USENIX this year, but one 
> thing I've heard about that particularly interests me is that the 
> whole CAcert crew is going to be there.  CAcert is the 
> "Community-Oriented and Driven Certificate Authority".  Basically, 
> they're trying to do what Thawte, Verisign, etc. does, but offer the 
> services for free.  They offer email, server, and most recently code 
> signing certificates.
> The 'problem' with CAcert (other than the fact that operating systems 
> don't yet trust its root cert by default), is that in order to be 
> fully authorized (get 2 year certs, name on email cert, etc.) you need 
> to be verified by an existing member with assurer (or better) status.  
> Unfortunately, there aren't ANY assurers in the NYC area!  Since these 
> are the board members, anyone certified by them is immediately granted 
> assurer status.  So, for those of you going, it would be awesome if 
> you signed up for CAcert and got yourself assured, and we could have a 
> little "key-signing party" at the end of the next nycbug meeting.  If 
> three nycbug members become assured by board members, then that is 
> enough to assign >100 points to new people, who can then assure each 
> other, so that nycbug'er (who wants it) should be able to end up with 
> full assurer status (assuming there's about 6 people who are 
> interested, possibly less if I do the math).
> -bob
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