On March 12th 2016 CAcert performed the Root Re-Signing at our data center in Ede, NL. After the initial attempt had to be postponed on short notice.
The process followed the procedures that are available in the Wiki/SVN along with the tooling used.
The re-signing was conducted by two CAcert critical administrators, a secure-u access engineer, and supervised by CAcert’s internal auditor.
Its execution has been announced on the cacert-systemlog mailing list. The execution report by the critical team has been published there too. The report of the auditor is published in our Wiki.
We want to send special thanks to all who helped in preparing and testing the procedures and tools for the process and thus made this smooth execution possible.
CAcert Inc. board tried to have the part for creation of the needed software to be held in public but was overruled by some of the involved teams.
As the re-signed root certificates are available to CAcert the next steps are to publish them to the public. This will need some time as the software team needs to prepare the code changes and have them reviewed. Once this is done the publishing of the re-signed root certificates will be announced on the blog and all community members will get informed via e-mail.
On Friday, 29th January 2016, the long-planned re-signing of CAcert’s root certificate will finally take place.
This action has been overdue for quite some time now as several browser and OS vendors have dropped support for MD5-signed certificates or otherwise made such certificates unusable.
The re-signing process  has been tested successfully at last FrOSCon in August 2015 .
Attendance of the re-signing ceremony will be open to the public and will take place near CAcert’s data center in Ede, NL. As soon as more details become available we’ll provide a wiki page with the exact schedule and location.
UPDATE: Unfortunately the Re-Signing event had to be postponed due to shortage of manpower in the different teams involved in the process. The currently a new date is being searched. As soon as the new date is available it will be announced here.
On Sunday at FrOSCon 10 CAcert successfully tested the New Root and Escrow (NRE) process and performed a test run of the long expected Class 1 Resigning.
Members of the software team, the critical admins, the NRE team, and the internal auditor met in a session, which was open to the public, to test these long prepared tasks.
The process started with checking that the needed hardware was running and was setup up according to the process definition. In a first step the defined tasks were then executed manually to proof that the procedures produces the desired results. In a second step the manual tasks were automated where possible and the script was tested and checked according to the process definition.
The results show the expected outcome.
The internal auditor was pleased with the good and professional preparation of the test and the successful outcome. The new root keys created during the NRE test will be used for a test server based on Gigi and Cassiopeia.