Does your Certifying Authority have a clue who you are? Do they care?

Valdis.Kletnieks at Valdis.Kletnieks at
Fri Dec 5 16:01:44 UTC 2003

On Fri, 05 Dec 2003 09:28:05 CST, Adi Linden said:
> While the ssl certificate is meant to verify the owners identity, as a 
> consumer I would never trust a ssl certificate for that purpose. It does 
> provide a reasonable effort to keep information between me and the server 
> confidential. That's worth something, I guess.

So what does the PKI actually buy you that using a throwaway self-signed cert
doesn't provide?
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