jGridstart is ultimately deployed by certificate authorities that want to give users an easy way to request their user certificates on their local machine.
This page is very much a work in progress, but should provide an overview. Please contact the author if you want to deploy jGridstart.
The most important features of jGridstart are:
- Graphical interface for local certificate management, with wizard for requests and renewals.
- Supports all major desktop platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
- Supports installation into many web browsers: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Konqueror, and more
- Allows import/export from/to PEM and PKCS#12
jGridstart is currently optimised for certificate authorities that have a manual step in processing certificate requests. This means that once a request is sent by a user, he has to wait until the certificate authority manually creates his certificate, which can take a couple of days. (Although work is being done to connect to Confusa, an online certificate authority.)
The following is required to use jGridstart:
- Interface for submitting requests and retrieving issued certificates (usually a RESTful HTTP interface)
- List of registration authorities and organisations where the user can go for identity verification
- Website hosting jGridstart and a customized JNLP file.
Also see README for more information.