Review Private Key of My CA Certificate on macOS

This section provides a tutorial example on how to review my private and public key pair that was used in my self-signed root CA certificate on macOS using Keychain Access.

When I created a self-signed root CA certificate for myself with Certificate Assistant in Keychain Access, it actually generated 3 items:

Both the key pair and the certificate are stored in the "system" keychain, but in separate categories: "Keys" and "Certificates".

I have reviewed my certificate in the previous tutorial. Now let me review key pair.

1. Open "System" keychain and "Keys" category in Keychain Access. "Herong Yang's CA" keys listed there.

2. Double click "Herong Yang's CA" public key to open it. But it does not show much information.

3. Double click "Herong Yang's CA" private key to open it. But it does not show much information.

Review Private/Public Keys on macOS
Review Private/Public Keys on macOS

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)

 Introduction of HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure)

 Using HTTPS with Google Chrome

 Using HTTPS with Mozilla Firefox

 HTTPS with Microsoft Edge

 Using HTTPS with Apple Safari

 HTTPS with IE (Internet Explorer)

 Android and Server Certificate

 iPhone and Server Certificate

 Windows Certificate Stores and Console

 RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) and Server Certificate

macOS Certificate Stores and Keychain Access

 What Is Keychain Access on macOS

 Listing of Trusted Root CA in macOS

 Exporting Root Certificate to File from macOS

 Delete/Untrust Certificates from macOS

 Unlock Keychain to Access Certificate on macOS

 Import Server Certificates to macOS

 Create My Own Root CA on macOS

 Review My Root CA Certificate on macOS

Review Private Key of My CA Certificate on macOS

 Generate CSR (Certificate Signing Request) on macOS

 Issue New Certificate with My CA on macOS

 Verify Certificate Signed by My CA on macOS

 Perl Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 PHP Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Java Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 .NET Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 CAcert.org - Root CA Offering Free Certificates

 PKI CA Administration - Issuing Certificates

 Comodo Free Personal Certificate

 Digital Signature - Microsoft Word

 Digital Signature - OpenOffice.org 3

 S/MIME and Email Security

 PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Terminology

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 Full Version in PDF/EPUB