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Method and System for Associating Time Information with Secure Socket Layer Certificates

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235939D
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for enabling or disabling a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate push functionality based on exchange of time information between a server and a client.

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Method and System for Associating Time Information with Secure Socket Layer Certificates

In a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) based application environment, a server exchange SSL certificates with clients. The certificates are generated at one point in time and later used by the server and the clients to communicate with each other. This involves an initial step of transferring the certificates from the server to the clients. Thereafter, the server and the clients can communicate with each other with the context established by the certificates.

The certificates are appended with a valid time frame along with a starting and ending time. The certificate gets invalid if any of the entities tries to use the certificate after the time frame expires. Due to this time frame restriction, the pushing entity that pushes the certificate to the recipient entity needs to be careful to make sure that the certificate would be valid on the other side. If not, further communication between the pushing entity and the recipient entity gets terminated as the certificate is rejected by any one of the entities. A user is generally not aware of system time validation and whether the certificate which is pushed works or not.

Disclosed is a method and system for enabling or disabling a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate push functionality based on exchange of time information between a server and a client. The method and system displays an appropriate error message to a user if the certifi...