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A digital certificate is a digital document that includes the public key bound to an individual, organization, or computer. Certificates are issued by certificate authorities (CAs) who have documented policies for determining owner identity and distributing certificates.
X.509 digital certificate authentication is a standards-based security framework that is used to secure private information and transaction processing. Certificates are exchanged in a manner that makes sure the presenter of a certificate possesses the private-key associated with the public-key contained in the certificate.
Siebel Business Applications support X.509 digital certificate authentication by the Web server. The Web server performs the digital certificate authentication and the Siebel application accepts the authentication result in the form of Web SSO.
For customers who have an existing PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) with client certificates, Siebel Business Applications support the use of X.509 certificates to authenticate the users of an application. This authentication is accomplished using SSL with client authentication capabilities of its supported Web servers for certificate handling.
To implement X.509 digital certificate authentication, you must perform the tasks for implementing Web SSO authentication, as described in Set Up Tasks for Standards-Based Web Single Sign-On, with the following specific guidelines:
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