TLS Mastery

TL;DR

I bought TLS Mastery by Michael W Lucas and it seems amazing.

It’s no secret that I’m intrigued by TLS (e.g. see the series starting at Bare-bones Root CA), and it’s also no secret that I’m an amateur at best. More space to learn and improve, take that Gurus!

I recently bought TLS Mastery by Michael W Lucas and I only started looking at it, but right now I’m already happy about the purchase. I’m keen to see how I can enhance the [ekeca][] test script from the suggestions, in addition to learn more about the whole thing of managing a lab CA.

Yes, a lab CA, because (start of chapter 10):

Certificate Authorities are run by people. No, not people like you and I. Running a CA requires both discipline and meticulous attention to detail, qualities most of us only think we have. When given a choice between using an external Certificate Authority and running your own, you should almost certainly use an outside one for public facing systems.

This, at least, I was already aware of. Probably with the exception that for public facing system, in my case s/you should almost certainly/MUST/.

Just going a bit further into the chapter, it’s clear that I need this book. It talks about the OCSP responder and I’m like What the heck is an OCSP responder?!? I’ll see.

Stay safe!


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