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In cryptography, X.509 is a standard that defines the format of public key certificates. An X.509certificate is a digital certificate that uses the widely accepted international X.509 public keyinfrastructure (PKI) standard to verify that a public key belongs to the user, computer or serviceidentity contained within the certificate. X.509 certificates are used in many internet protocolslike TLS/SSL, which is basis for HTTPS, the secure protocol for browsing the web. An x.509certificate contains a public key and an identity( a hostname, or an organizations, or anindividual) and is either signed by certificate authority or self –signed . when a certificate issigned by a trusted certificate authority or validated by other means, someone holding thatcertificate can rely on the public key it contains to establish secure communications with anotherparty or validated documents.Structure of X.509 certificate1. Subject2. Serial Number3. Issuer4. Valid From5. Valid To6. Basic constraints7. Name constraints8. Policies9. Application policy10. Application policymapping11. Authority Information Access1. Subject: Subject provides the name of the computer, user, network device, or servicethat the CA issues the certificate to. The subject name is commonly represented byusing X.500 or lightweight directory access (LDAP) format.2. Serial Number: Serial no provides a unique identifier for each certificate that a CAuses.3. Issuer: Issuer provides a distinguished name for the CA that issued the certificate. Theissuer name is commonly represented by using an X.500 or LDAP format.4. Valid From: It provides the date and time when the certificate becomes valid.5. Valid To: It provides the date and time when the certificate is no longer consideredvalid.6. Basic Constraints: the X.509 version is used to distinguish between end-entitycertificates and CA certificates.7. Name Constraints: This extension restricts the namespaces that are permitted orexcluded by a qualified subordinate CA and its subordinates when issuing certificates.8. Policies: Policies define the list of acceptable issuance and application policies forcertificate usage. These policies are identified in the certificate by object identifiers.9. Application policy: Application policies defines which applications can be used inconjunction with certain certificates.10. Application Policymaking: It identifies equivalence between the application policies oftwo organizations that cross certify by using certificate application policies.11. Authority Information Access: It provides one or more URLs where the application orservice can retrieve a certificate revocation list from.X.509 certificates are important for information security for following reasons:1. Authentication: Authentication is the most critical part in it security, and x.509certificates use various techniques to make system more secure:? Setting up web authentication with Apache, LDAP and Active? Online password generation for random passwords2. Security Review and Evaluations: Security reviews and evaluations are done asbelow:? How to identify server console systems with default logins? Verifying users in active directory part 1? Verifying users in active directory part 2? How to identify access rights to network share files and folders from thewindows command prompt? How to scan for open windows network file sharesThe various cryptographic functions that are used in x.509 certificate are :1. Symmetric encryption: In this method same “secret key” is required toencipher and decipher message which is known as private keyencryption. It can be programmed into fast computing algorithms and canbe executed quickly. Both sender and receiver must possess secret key. Ifeither copy of key is compromised, an intermediate can be decrypt andmessages without sender/receiver knowledge. There are varioussymmetric encryption cryptosystems. They are:? Data Encryption standard (DES): It is one of the most popularsymmetric encryption cryptosystems. It has 64-bit block size and56-bit key. It is adopted by NIST in 1976 as federal standard forencrypting non classified information.? Triple DES: It provides greater security than DES.? Advanced Encryption Standard(AES): It is developed to replaceto replace both DES and triple DES.2. Asymmetric Encryption: It is also known as public key encryptionalgorithm. It uses two different related keys.? If key A encrypts message, only key B can decrypt.? Either key can encrypt or decrypt a message.?3. Hash Functions Encryption: In hash function, algorithms are used toconfirm specific message identity and that no content has changed. It isalso called fingerprint. In hash algorithms, public functions that createhash value are known as message digest. It is used in passwordverification systems to confirm the identity