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Glossary of Security Terms: Certificate Authority

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Mozilla is a free software community founded in 1998 by members of Netscape. Web browsers come preloaded with a list of certificate authorities trusted to issue digital certificates. This certifies that an organization that requested a digital certificate (e.g., Mozilla Corporation) is authorized to request a certificate for the subject named in the certificate. The list is published under the CC Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license under the terms of Mozilla's Credentialed CA Certificate Authority (CA) license.

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A certificate authority (CA) is an organization that signs digital certificates and their associated public keys. This certifies that an organization that requested a digital certificate (e.g., Mozilla Corporation) is authorized to request a certificate for the subject named in the certificate (e.g., mozilla.org).

Web browsers come preloaded with a list of certificate authorities trusted to issue digital certificates.

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