On the Keys and Certificates page, you can add key and certificate files used in user authentication and directories for them, generate a new key, upload a key to a server, or change the passphrase for a key.
- Default keys
The default location of user keys.
- Default certificates
The default location of user certificates.
- Additional Directories and Files
Additional key directories and files explicitly added to the Tectia Client configuration.
Click the Add directory button to add a directory of keys or certificates.
Click the Add file button to add a key or certificate file.
Select a directory or a file and click the Delete button to remove it. The reference to the directory, the key or certificate file is removed from the configuration. The keys themselves are not removed from the disk.
- Key and Certificate List
All public keys and certificates known to Tectia Client are listed in this field. That is, those keys and certificates stored in locations in Default keys, Default certificates and Additional Directories and Files fields. Also the keys and certificates from external key providers are shown here (see Managing Key Providers.
The value shown in the Status field can be:
locked - The file is passphrase protected and the passphrase is not known to the Connection Broker. Uploading the file to a remote host unlocks it.
open - The passphrase is known to the Connection Broker.
If the field is empty, the file is not passphrase protected.
You can modify the key details by selecting a key file in the list and clicking a button at the bottom.
Click Change passphrase to change the passphrase of a selected key. Note that the command may not be supported for all key types.
Click Upload to upload the key to a remote server. You can only upload plain public keys. See also Uploading Public Keys Automatically.
Click New key to start the key generation wizard. The new key will be added to the Default keys directory and it will become visible in the Key and Certificate List field. For a description of the wizard, see Using the Public-Key Authentication Wizard.
On the Key Providers page you can define the settings of external key providers used in user authentication. Available key providers are Microsoft Crypto API and PKCS #11.
- Microsoft Crypto API
Tectia Client can access keys via Microsoft Crypto API (MSCAPI). MSCAPI is a standard cryptographic interface used in Microsoft Windows systems.
Microsoft Crypto API (MSCAPI) providers can be enabled by selecting the Enable Microsoft Crypto API check box. If you enable the MSCAPI providers, you can use software keys and certificates created by Microsoft applications.
- PKCS #11
By using the PKCS #11 provider, Tectia Client can use keys and certificates stored in PKCS #11 tokens (for example, smart cards or USB tokens).
Click Add to define a PKCS #11 provider.
Use the Dynamic library to define a dynamic library containing the PKCS #11 driver.
Use the Slots to define slots. A slot is a logical reader that potentially contains a token. Slots are manufacturer- specific. They are defined with an integer. Examples: "
0-3, !2", "