Click here to Skip to main content
15,904,822 members

Welcome to the Lounge

   

For discussing anything related to a software developer's life but is not for programming questions. Got a programming question?

The Lounge is rated Safe For Work. If you're about to post something inappropriate for a shared office environment, then don't post it. No ads, no abuse, and no programming questions. Trolling, (political, climate, religious or whatever) will result in your account being removed.

 
GeneralWhy are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
MSBassSinger21-Aug-23 4:15
professionalMSBassSinger21-Aug-23 4:15 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
Pete O'Hanlon21-Aug-23 4:32
mvePete O'Hanlon21-Aug-23 4:32 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
Richard Deeming21-Aug-23 4:41
mveRichard Deeming21-Aug-23 4:41 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
MSBassSinger21-Aug-23 4:43
professionalMSBassSinger21-Aug-23 4:43 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
Mircea Neacsu21-Aug-23 4:51
Mircea Neacsu21-Aug-23 4:51 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
dandy7221-Aug-23 5:14
dandy7221-Aug-23 5:14 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
Mircea Neacsu21-Aug-23 5:29
Mircea Neacsu21-Aug-23 5:29 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
trønderen21-Aug-23 5:54
trønderen21-Aug-23 5:54 
The verification part is quite extensive, if done properly. My previous employer had code signing certificates: The issuer demanded lots of official documentation as a proof that the company was the one it claimed to be, it required phone numbers that they could call to specific persons and ask them for a secret password etc. etc. Lots of this verification could not be automated, but required a lot of manual work. You are not paying for the USB stick, but for the work of verification that you are you. (They may have been doing a lot of checks that you never noticed or knew about.)

Maybe there are certificate authorities that are a lot more sloppy/lenient in their verifications. But as an authority, they have a great responsibility, comparable to that of a passport office. Your passport is a proof of your identity, guaranteed by the passport office. The code signing is a proof of the code's source, guaranteed by the certificate authority.

An email certificate doesn't prove much: It proves that the mail originates from one who received the certificated sent to address someone@somedoma.in. Nothing about the person, organization etc, only the mail address, which is implicitly verified by the certificate being sent to this email address. All can be done automatically, with no manual operations. So an email encryption certificate should be very cheap, or free.
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
MSBassSinger21-Aug-23 6:04
professionalMSBassSinger21-Aug-23 6:04 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
Keefer S22-Aug-23 4:03
Keefer S22-Aug-23 4:03 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
Peter Shaw22-Aug-23 4:09
professionalPeter Shaw22-Aug-23 4:09 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
jschell22-Aug-23 7:56
jschell22-Aug-23 7:56 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
Jeremy Falcon21-Aug-23 6:07
professionalJeremy Falcon21-Aug-23 6:07 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
GKP199221-Aug-23 19:14
professionalGKP199221-Aug-23 19:14 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
V.21-Aug-23 20:09
professionalV.21-Aug-23 20:09 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
Paul Sanders (the other one)21-Aug-23 22:08
Paul Sanders (the other one)21-Aug-23 22:08 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
MSBassSinger22-Aug-23 3:33
professionalMSBassSinger22-Aug-23 3:33 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
Paul Sanders (the other one)22-Aug-23 6:33
Paul Sanders (the other one)22-Aug-23 6:33 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
Jan Heckman21-Aug-23 22:45
professionalJan Heckman21-Aug-23 22:45 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
Member 1330167921-Aug-23 20:10
Member 1330167921-Aug-23 20:10 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
MK5722-Aug-23 4:04
MK5722-Aug-23 4:04 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
steve.tabler22-Aug-23 4:16
steve.tabler22-Aug-23 4:16 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
jochance22-Aug-23 5:13
jochance22-Aug-23 5:13 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
ShawnVN22-Aug-23 5:33
ShawnVN22-Aug-23 5:33 
GeneralRe: Why are code signing certificates so expensive? Pin
Lance McCarthy22-Aug-23 7:47
Lance McCarthy22-Aug-23 7:47 

General General    News News    Suggestion Suggestion    Question Question    Bug Bug    Answer Answer    Joke Joke    Praise Praise    Rant Rant    Admin Admin   

Use Ctrl+Left/Right to switch messages, Ctrl+Up/Down to switch threads, Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right to switch pages.