CERTivity KeyStores Manager 1.1 Released

We are proud to announce that starting today, the 18th of October 2012, the latest version of CERTivity KeyStores Manager - CERTivity 1.1 is available for download. Although the version 1.1 is not a major release, it provides new important features, improvements and bug fixes.

Just like for the previous version of CERTivity, for CERTivity 1.1 we offer a Free 30 Day Trial period to fully evaluate the benefits of the new features. You can request a Trial License Key by simply filling in the trial form, even if you already tried CERTivity 1.0.

On short CERTivity 1.1 features the opening of the Java Virtual Machines CA Truststores discovered on the current system, Certificate Extensions management (basic display of the extensions, creating and adding extensions to a certificate when generating a new KeyPair or a CA Reply file (when signing a CSR), viewing the extensions structure as XML at creation time, saving and loading the extensions structure templates as XML documents), capability to sign and verify signatures on “APK” (Android Application Package) files, importing certificates into the active KeyStore directly from the signature verification result dialogs for the Verify JAR / APK, PDF and XML actions, or reopening of the last used files (KeyStores and Certificates).

As previously announced, CERTivity 1.1 supports transition to secure RSA keys, as Microsoft announces that the use of certificates that have RSA keys that are less than 1024 bits long will be blocked. These features include the possibility to set the minimum key size allowed for generating RSA Key Pairs and display warnings when generating key pairs having the size less than the minimum value set. Also, the RSA keys which are less than the minimum value accepted will be marked in the KeyStore tree table view in different color to be easily spotted.

For usability we have added features which simplifies the work such as the possibility to generate a new Key Pair using some of the information from an existing one (acting as a template), the possibility to retrieve SSL certificates by using (pasting) a HTTPS URL instead of specifying separately the host and port number (option which is still available) or renaming entries by pressing the F2 key (like in Windows Explorer).

In this version of CERTivity we have also fixed some issues from version 1.0, such as the focus lost and entry selection issues and we have also performed some corrections and uniformity for the File Choosers. Also, we have made some updates to the JAR signing mechanism, so that now CERTivity is compatible with other tools than JDK’s, such as the Android SDK tools.

More details regarding the above mentioned features and fixes, as well as other changes and additions made in CERTivity 1.1 are detailed online in CERTivity Release Notes, and available for download in CERTivity Release Notes PDF Document.

Overall, the new version of CERTivity improves usability, pays attention to details and provides important features which allow you to have an even more pleasant experience working with Cryptographic Keys Management, Public Key Infrastructure and Digital Signing.

For any questions regarding the new version or for any suggestion or observation feel free to contact us.