[cs615asa] What's the X.509 certificate used for?

hchen29 hchen29 at stevens.edu
Tue Jan 27 16:52:41 EST 2015

On 01/27/2015 4:46 PM, Jan Schaumann wrote:
> hchen29 <hchen29 at stevens.edu> wrote:
>> From the article online "How To: Getting Started with Amazon EC2", 
>> there
>> is a X.509 certificate should be downloaded first and a private key as
>> well. I want to know what this is used for.
> The AWS command-line utilities use the certificate and key to
> authenticate to Amazon's API.
> This link may help you understand which authentication credentials are
> used for which uses:
> http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSSecurityCredentials/1.0/AboutAWSCredentials.html#X509Credentials
> Reading up on the general concept of asymmetric key cryptography and 
> the
> x509 standard might also be useful.  Wikipedia is fairly helpful here.
> -Jan
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Got it. Thank you!

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