Closed Bug 202329 Opened 20 years ago Closed 2 years ago
Ability to create self-signed user certificates
There should be a simple way for the user to create a self-signed certificate. Most "normal" users do not have (and would be confused by) tools such as OpenSSL that are normally used for this process.
Are you requesting that Mozilla be able to create a self-signed server certificate? Or, if you want a free cert for sending signed and encrypted email, you can get one here - http://www.black-helicopter.org/bh/getone.html? Or you can get a free one here, good for 60 days - http://www.verisign.com/client/enrollment/index.html
Why make the user go through the trouble of dealing with a third party? Mozilla could create its own certificates that would permit encrypted (though not authenticated) email. It seems like the main barrier to more people using email encryption is that they don't understand the process of getting a certificate. I think that a feature of a good mail client is to make that process as easy and transparent as possible. The process might involve querying the user to see if they want authentication, or whether just encryption suffices. If the latter, we can generate and install a self-signed cert. If the former, we could present a list of possible authorities, and take them to the appropriate website. If they later get an authenticated cert, we could offer to send their new cert to anyone that received their old one.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Priority: -- → P5
Target Milestone: --- → Future
Version: unspecified → 2.4
Component: Client Library → S/MIME
Summary: Allow simple creation and installation of self-signed certificates → Ability to create self-signed user certificates
Mass reassign ssaux bugs to nobody
Assignee: ssaux → nobody
Mass change "Future" target milestone to "--" on bugs that now are assigned to nobody. Those targets reflected the prioritization of past PSM management. Many of these should be marked invalid or wontfix, I think.
Target Milestone: Future → ---
*** Bug 323343 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 2 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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