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SQL Anywhere 11.0.1 » SQL Anywhere Server - Database Administration » Security » Transport-layer security » Encrypting MobiLink client/server communications » Configuring MobiLink clients to use transport-layer security » Server authentication

 

Digital signatures

A server certificate contains one or more digital signatures used to maintain data integrity and protect against tampering. Following are the steps used to create a digital signature:

  • An algorithm performed on a certificate generates a unique value or hash.

  • The hash is encrypted using a signing certificate's or Certificate Authority's private key.

  • The encrypted hash, called a digital signature, is embedded in the certificate.

A digital signature can be self-signed or signed by an enterprise root certificate or Certificate Authority.

When a MobiLink client contacts a MobiLink server, and each is configured to use transport-layer security, the server sends the client a copy of its certificate. The client decrypts the certificate's digital signature using the server's public key included in the certificate, calculates a new hash of the certificate, and compares the two values. If the values match, this confirms the integrity of the server's certificate.

For more information about self-signed certificates, see Self-signed root certificates.

For more information about enterprise root certificates and Certificate Authorities, see Certificate chains.