RSA 2007: Red Hat updates its Red Hat Certificate System product

Red Hat today announced the worldwide availability of Red Hat Certificate System 7.2 from the RSA conference in San Francisco. A complete public key infrastructure (PKI) solution, Red Hat Certificate System 7.2 provides a security framework that guarantees the identity of users and ensures the privacy of communications in heterogeneous environments. The newest release includes enhancements that simplify deployment, management and integration of certificates as a core part of the security architecture in the enterprise.

With a new simplified installation and configuration, Red Hat Certificate System 7.2 includes a new management infrastructure and interface based on Apache and Tomcat. A new security domain structure allows every server component of a PKI infrastructure to be automatically and securely registered as a component of the Certificate System architecture. The new release, with Red Hat Directory Server and Certificate System now as separate RPM packages, also carries a deeper integration with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Such modular configuration permits more granular management of updates and upgrades through Red Hat Network.

Red Hat Certificate System 7.2 features an improved interface for client-side management, simplifying end-user management of smartcards within a desktop environment. New smartcard management features allow smartcards to automatically and securely contact the appropriate server for functions like enrollment, PIN reset, and software upgrades. In addition, support for new heterogeneous platforms is extended for both client and server platforms. In addition to 32-bit X86 architectures, servers are now supported on 64-bit Intel and AMD Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms. Client-side smartcard management architectures now also include support for OSX 32-bit PowerPC, in addition to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows platforms.

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