In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> on Sun, 10 Oct 2004 18:16:21 -0700, Eric Rescorla 

ekr> Does anyone know the details of the certificate generation
ekr> algorithms used by various CAs?

Variants I've heard of are:

 - A simple counter starting at 0 (well, actually, I know this one, as
   that's what OpenSSL does :-))
 - A simple counter starting with a random value (OpenSSL has an
   option for this).
 - A time-based value (I don't recall who did that)
 - A hash of some sort (I believe Verisign does that, among others)

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