The magic number is a value that states when CRLs will be processed over OCSP, specifically it is when the total number of cached OCSP responses from a single OCSP responder URL on behalf of a single certificate authority will stop performing OCSP and start processing CRLs. This will occur if the number of cached…

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As students in my PKI training classes know, one of the areas I am a vocal about is the blind use of the CRLF_REVCHECK_IGNORE_OFFLINE setting in a PKI environment. I am so adamantly against the use of this setting, I personally refuse to ever explicitly share or type the syntax to enable this nasty beast.…

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Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) provides an efficient mechanism for distributing certificate revocation information. When certificates are exchanged and validated, computers need to determine if the certificate has been revoked – meaning the CA has reason to consider the certificate as untrusted. This often placed in a Certificate Revocation List (CRL). Clients download this potentially large CRL…

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