Topics & Services
Topics & Services
In cooperation with the DFN association, the university computing center offers a public key infrastructure (PKI). The PKI enables the following services:
You can find more information on the website of the DFN-PKI.
University members - with the exception of students - can use the DFN-PKI to receive digital user certificates according to the X.509 standard, which are suitable for signing and encrypting files / documents and e-mails once they have been verified.
When applying for a user certificate, a key pair is generated on your PC under your user ID and in the web browser you use, which is then signed by the DFN-PKI.
Please apply for your user certificate on the DFN-PKI website on the Certificates / User Certificate card.
IMPORTANT: Do not do this in a public pool room.
Follow the instructions on the website. At the end of the application, you will be asked to print out the certificate application.
Print the application on a (!) double-sided (!) printed sheet. Please bring this certificate application, signed by hand, with a valid, official identification document to the University Computing Center.
After the test, you will receive an email from the DFN-PKI describing the further procedure. Please follow the instructions in the email here.
IMPORTANT: Carry out this process on the same PC, under the same user ID and in the same web browser that you used when applying for the user certificate.
At the end of the procedure, there is a valid user certificate for use. Depending on the operating system and web browser used, the certificate can be found at different locations when applying:
Immediately after the display, you should save your user certificate. The export is important for the following functions:
The procedure differs slightly depending on the operating system and web browser used when applying:
Please keep your expired user certificates as well. You need this to check signatures and to decrypt emails.