Creating a local certificate authority
You can use the IBM Digital Certificate Manager (DCM) to create and operate a local certificate authority (CA) on your system. A local CA enables you to issue private certificates for applications that run on your system.
To use DCM to create and operate a local CA on the system, follow these steps:
- Start IBM Digital Certificate Manager. If you need to obtain or create certificates, or set up or change your certificate system, do so now.
- In the navigation frame of DCM, select Create a Certificate Authority (CA) to display a series of forms. These forms guide you through the process of creating a local CA and completing other tasks needed to begin using digital certificates for SSL, object signing, and signature verification.
- Complete all the forms that are displayed. There
is a form for each of the tasks that you need to perform to create and operate
a local CA on the system. By completing these forms, you can do the following
- Choose how to store the private key for the local CA certificate. This step is included only if you have an IBM 4758-023 PCI Cryptographic Coprocessor installed on your system. If your system does not have a cryptographic coprocessor, DCM automatically stores the certificate and its private key in the local CA certificate store.
- Provide identifying information for the local CA.
- Install the local CA certificate on your PC or in your browser. This enables software to recognize the local CA and validate certificates that the CA issues.
- Choose the policy data for your local CA.
- Use the new local CA to issue a server or client certificate that applications can use for SSL connections. If you have an IBM 4758-023 PCI Cryptographic Coprocessor installed on the system, this step allows you to select how to store the private key for the server or client certificate. If your system does not have a coprocessor, DCM automatically places the certificate and its private key in the *SYSTEM certificate store. DCM creates the *SYSTEM certificate store as part of this task.
- Select the applications that can use the server
or client certificate for SSL connections. Note: Be sure to select the application ID for the IBM i FTP Server (QIBM_QTMF_FTP_SERVER).
- Use the new local CA to issue an object signing certificate
that applications can use to digitally sign objects. This creates the *OBJECTSIGNING
certificate store, which you use to manage object signing certificates.
Note: Although this scenario does not use object signing certificates, be sure to complete this step. If you cancel at this point in the task, the task ends and you must perform separate tasks to complete your SSL certificate configuration.
- Select the applications that you want to trust
the local CA. Note: Be sure to select the application ID for the IBM i FTP Server (QIBM_QTMF_FTP_SERVER).