Trust Management

Connected objects identity management

Metapki for your certificate lifecycle management and data integrity

Ensure data confidentiality, data integrity and data reliability through certificate lifecycle management with metapki

Atos, a European actor in IS security, provides metapki, a complete solution to create electronic certificates and manage their life cycle.

Information system security is an essential issue for organisations moving to paperless exchanges, whether for internal communications or for relationships with partners and customers. Electronic certificates respond to this need as they allow applications to support security services such as user authentication, non-repudiation of transactions, and confidentiality of data exchanges.

Managing security and trust

From strong authentication to access to all metapki functional entities to recording of all actions, enciphered sensitive information and private and public keys protected using Hardware Security Modules (HSM), metapki ensures data security.

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Metapki is EAL 3+ Common Criteria Certified and is also RGS basic level certified

Accompanying growth

As a European security leader, Atos has metapki’s modularity and sales conditions enable the smooth deployment of a solution tailored to the organisation’s needs: new types of certificate, new management processes, new organisational units and new Certification Authorities may be added as required.

System requirements

Linux Platform (e.g. Red Hat or SUSE)
Open source international components delivered with metapki: Apache, OpenSSL, PostgreSQL and PHP
LDAP Server: when the CA publishes certificates and/or LCR in a directory
SMTP Mail Server: when metapki sends notifications related to the management of certificates

Norms and standards

Certificate compliance with ITU-T X.509v3 and RFC 5280
Certificate enrolment protocols: SCEP, CMP (RFC 2510 et RFC4210), CCEP
Certificate profile compliance with ETSI TS 101 862, Netscape and Microsoft
Revocation information compliance with ITU-T X.509v2 LCR and OCSP Protocol (RFC 2560)
Certification request format: PKCS#10, SPKAC
Key exchange format: PKCS#12
Connectivity: LDAP, HTTPS, SMTP
HSM interface: PKCS#11


Hardware & Software for metapki hosting
Physical Servers: 32/64 bits platform with at least 4 Go of RAM, 10 Go of available disc memory, 2 Ethernet ports
Virtual Machines: VMWare, HyperV
Operating System: Red Hat 5 and 6 (32 or 64 bits) / SUSE SLES 10 and 11 (32 or 64 bits)
LDAP Server: CAs publish the certificates and/or the LCR in a LDAP directory
Mail Server: Email sending is possible for each step of certificates life cycle

Working station for metapki users
Navigator: Internet Explorer 8 version and later, Firefox, Chrome
Java Runtime Environment: 1.6 (superior to update 19), 1.7 et 1.8

Smart Card
All smart cards with PKCS#11 interface and particularly: CardOS, Gemalto ID PRIME MD840, Gemalto IAS TPC, Gemalto Classic TPC IM, GemaltoCyberflex Access 64k v2, Morpho vpsID SmartCard Ux, ActivIdentity ActivCard 64K V2C

All HSM with PKCS#11 interface and particularly: Trustway Crypt2pay profil Protect, Trustway Proteccio®

Electronic certificates may be used to support:
► Strong authentication for users with smart cards or USB tokens (two factor authentication)
► Strong authentication for web servers (SSL/TLS)
► Strong authentication for VPNs (Virtual Private Networks)
► Electronic signatures to provide integrity and non-repudiation of transactions
► Data confidentiality for data in transit or in storage.

Users and applications are provided with one or more key pairs (a public key and a private key) and public key certificates, generated by a Certification Authority (CA), that associate the registered user or application with the public key.

Metapki supports one or more Certification Authorities that may be independent, or subordinate CAs.

A whole range of security profiles for public certificates is supported by metapki. For each profile, the registration process may be tailored to the specific needs of the organisation and integrated with the existing IS.

A workflow manager handles the registration process in order to minimise the time to produce and manage the certificates through the use of one or more Local Registration Authorities (LRA).

A Card Management System (GesCard) for managing smart cards: customisation, PIN unblocking…

A validation authority (VeriCert) for checking the validity of a certificate against a validation policy.

The eIDAS regulation allows the European Union to provide a legal framework for transnational digital transactions. It is aiming for the enhancement of electronic exchanges’ trust. It establishes a framework for electronic identification and trust services, including the topic of the electronic signature. Thus, the eIDAS regulation enhances the transparency and reliability of transactions.

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Related resources and news

Factsheet PKI for IoT – metapki

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