||This article contains content that is written like an advertisement. (October 2008)|
|Developer(s)||PrimeKey Solutions AB|
|Initial release||December 5, 2001|
|Stable release||6.4.2 / December 29, 2015|
|Written in||Java on Java EE|
|Available in||Bosnian, Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Swedish, Ukrainian|
Enterprise Java Beans Certificate Authority, or EJBCA, is a free software public key infrastructure (PKI) certificate authority software package maintained and sponsored by the Swedish for-profit company PrimeKey Solutions AB, which holds the copyright to most of the codebase. The project's source code is available under terms of the Lesser GNU General Public License.
The system is implemented in Java EE and designed to be platform independent and fully clusterable, to permit a greater degree of scalability than is typical of similar software packages. Multiple instances of EJBCA are run simultaneously, sharing a database containing the current certificate authorities (CAs). This permits each instance of the software to access any CA. The software also supports the use of a Hardware Security Module (HSM), which provides additional security. Larger-scale installations would use multiple instances of EJBCA running on a cluster, a fully distributed database on a separate cluster and a third cluster with HSMs keeping the different CA keys.
EJBCA supports many common PKI Architectures such as all in a single server, distributed RAs and external validation authority. An example architecture is illustrated below.
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