[tech] client certificate expiry

Stephane Bortzmeyer stephane at sources.org
Sat Mar 27 09:23:22 GMT 2021

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 07:54:48PM +0100,
 mbays <mbays at sdf.org> wrote 
 a message of 43 lines which said:

> Under what circumstances would it make sense to set an expiration
> date? What does it indicate? RFC5280 says "The certificate validity
> period is the time interval during which the CA warrants that it
> will maintain information about the status of the
> certificate.". With a self-signed certificate there's no CA, so this
> seems to be meaningless.

Without an expiration date, any compromission of the private key lasts
forever. Expiration dates are also here to prevent the thief from
using the certficate infinitely.

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