Industry moves to 3072-bit key minimum RSA code signing certificates
Starting May 27, 2021, to comply with new industry standards for code signing certificates, DigiCert will make the following changes to our code signing certificate process.
See Appendix A in the Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and Management of Publicly-Trusted Code Signing Certificates to learn more about these industry changes,
How do these changes affect my existing 2048-bit key certificates?
All existing 2048-bit key size code signing certificates issued before May 27, 2021, will remain active. You can continue to use these certificates to sign code until they expire.
What if I need 2048-bit key code signing certificates?
Take these actions, as needed, before May 27, 2021:
How do these changes affect my code signing certificate process starting May 27, 2021?
Reissues for code signing certificate
Starting May 27, 2021, all reissued code signing certificates will be:
New and renewed code signing certificates
Starting May 27, 2021, all new and renewed code signing certificates will be:
CSRs for code signing certificates
Starting May 27, 2021, you must use a 3072-bit RSA key or larger to generate all certificate signing requests (CSR). We will no longer accept 2048-bit key CSRs for code signing certificate requests.
eTokens for EV code signing certificates
Starting May 27, 2021, you must use an eToken that supports 3072-bit keys when you reissue, order, or renew an EV code signing certificate.
HSMs for EV code signing certificates
Starting May 27, 2021, you must use an HSM that supports 3072-bit keys. Contact your HSM vendor for more information.
New ICA and root certificates
Starting May 27, 2021, DigiCert will issue all new code signing certificates from our new RSA and ECC intermediate CA and root certificates (new, renewed, and reissued).
RSA ICA and root certificates:
ECC ICA and root certificates:
No action is required unless you practice certificate pinning, hard code certificate acceptance, or operate a trust store.
If you do any of these things, we recommend updating your environment as soon as possible. Stop pinning and hard coding ICAs or make the necessary changes to ensure certificates issued from the new ICA certificates are trusted (in other words, they can chain up to their issuing ICA and trusted root certificates).
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your account manager or our support team.
DigiCert to stop issuing SHA-1 code signing certificates
On Tuesday, December 1, 2020 MST, DigiCert will stop issuing SHA-1 code signing and SHA-1 EV code signing certificates.
Note: All existing SHA-1 code signing/EV code signing certificates will remain active until they expire.
Why is DigiCert making these changes?
To comply with the new industry standards, certificate authorities (CAs) must make the following changes by January 1, 2021:
How do the SHA-1 code signing certificate changes affect me?
If you rely on SHA-1 code signing certificates, take these actions as needed before December 1, 2020:
For more information about the December 1, 2020 changes, see our knowledgebase article DigiCert to Stop Issuing SHA-1 Code Signing Certificates.
If you have additional questions, please contact your account manager or our support team.
DigiCert will stop issuing 2-year public SSL/TLS certificates
On August 27, 2020 5:59 pm MDT (23:59 UTC), DigiCert will stop issuing 2-year public SSL/TLS certificates to prepare for the industry changes to the maximum allowed validity for public SSL/TLS certificates.
After the August 27 deadline, you can only purchase 1-year public SSL/TLS certificates.
What do I need to do?
To ensure you get needed 2-year public SSL/TLS certificates before the August 27 deadline:
To learn how this change will affect pending certificate orders, reissues, and duplicates, see End of 2-Year DV, OV, and EV public SSL/TLS certificates.
DigiCert Services API
For those using the DigiCert Services API, you'll need to update your API workflows to account for the new maximum certificate validity of 397 days for requests placed after the August 27 deadline. See Services API.
After August 27, 2020
After August 27, you can only purchase 1-year public SSL/TLS certificates. However, to maximize your SSL/TLS coverage, purchase your new certificates with a DigiCert® Multi-year Plan. See Multi-year Plans.
Why is DigiCert making this change?
On September 1, 2020, the industry says good-bye to 2-year certificates. Going forward Certificate Authorities (CA) can only issue public DV, OV, and EV SSL/TLS certificates with a maximum validity of 398 days (approximately 13 months).
DigiCert will implement a 397-day maximum validity for all public SSL/TLS certificates as a safeguard to account for time zone differences and to avoid issuing a public SSL/TLS certificate that exceeds the new 398-day maximum validity requirement.
Check out our blog to learn more about the transition to 1-year public SSL/TLS certificates: One-Year Public-Trust SSL Certificates: DigiCert’s Here to Help.