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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.

  • Stop issuing 2048-bit key code signing certificates
  • Only issue 3072-bit key or stronger code signing certificates
  • Use 4096-bit key intermediate CA and root certificates to issue our code signing certificates.

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:

  • Order new 2048-bit key certificates
  • Renew expiring 2048-bit key certificates
  • Reissue 2048-bit key certificates

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:

  • 3072-bit key or stronger. See eTokens for EV code signing certificates and HSMs for EV code signing certificates below.
  • Automatically issued from new intermediate CA and root certificates. See New ICA and root certificates below.

New and renewed code signing certificates

Starting May 27, 2021, all new and renewed code signing certificates will be:

  • 3072-bit key or stronger. See eTokens for EV code signing certificates and HSMs for EV code signing certificates below.
  • Automatically issued from new intermediate CA and root certificates. See New ICA and root certificates below.

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.

  • When you order or renew an EV code signing certificate, DigiCert includes a 3072-bit eToken with your purchase. DigiCert provides an eToken with the Preconfigured Hardware Token provisioning option.
  • When your reissue your EV code signing certificate reissues, you must provide your own 3072-bit eToken. If you don't have one, you will be unable to install your reissued certificate on your eToken.
  • You must have a FIPS 140-2 Level 2 or Common Criteria EAL4+ compliant device.

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:

  • DigiCert Trusted G4 Code Signing RSA4096 SHA384 2021 CA1
  • DigiCert Trusted Root G4

ECC ICA and root certificates:

  • DigiCert Global G3 Code Signing ECC SHA384 2021 CA1
  • DigiCert Global Root G3

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).

References

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your account manager or our support team.

compliance

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:

  • Stop issuing SHA-1 code signing certificates
  • Stop using SHA-1 intermediate CA and SHA-1 root certificates to issue SHA-256 algorithm code signing and timestamping certificates

See Appendix A in the Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and Management of Publicly-Trusted Code Signing Certificates.

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:

  • Get your new SHA-1 certificates
  • Renew your SHA-1 certificates
  • Reissue and get needed SHA-1 certificates

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.

compliance

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:

  • Take inventory of needed 2-year certificates—new and renewals.
  • Order any 2-year certificates that you need before August 13.
  • Respond to any domain and organization validation requests in a timely manner.

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.