So a lot of the work I do doesn’t have any user interface. The best user interface is no user interface, well one that isn’t needed. But recently I’ve been working some tools to view the plethora of certificate and key formats out there. So I couldn’t resist blogging about this, because I get to use screenshots, heh.
Here’s a certificate viewer showing a certificate:
Details can then be expanded:
And here’s what a key looks like.
When the file is locked (like a PKCS#12 file) it can be unlocked like this video shows. It also shows the appalling state of affairs with hundreds of certificate authoritities, dubious and otherwise.
In the next release, we’ll have an “Import” button in the bottom right corner, so that the certificates and keys being viewed can be imported and used into common locations. Hopefully we’ll also get able to view PGP keys in files (before importing them).
The widgets you see displaying the certificates can be used by any application from the GCR library.