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Dec 15, 2005, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This article looks at the management of the private key for the Software Publishing Certificate (SPC). SPCs are used to digitally sign binaries that are produced by software development vendors. Digitally signing executables proves the identity of the software vendor and guarantees that the code has not been altered or corrupted since it was created and signed. Signing the code requires access to the SPC and the Private Key (PVK) associated with the SPC.

"In cryptography, key management includes secure generation, distribution, and storage of keys. Appropriate and successful key management is critical to the secure use of every crypto-system without exception..."

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