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About This Guide

The Enterprise Security Client is a simple user interface which formats and manages smart cards. This guide is intended for everyday users of Certificate System, who use the Enterprise Security Client to manage their smart cards. Certificate System agents should read the Certificate System Agent's Guide for information on how to perform agent tasks, such as handling certificate requests and revoking certificates.
Before reading this guide, be familiar with the following concepts:
  • Public-key cryptography and the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol
  • Intranet, extranet, Internet security, and the role of digital certificates in a secure enterprise
  • LDAP and Red Hat Directory Server

1. Additional Reading

This paper covers information on managing smart cards in Certificate System and the functionality for the Enterprise Security Client, which handles smart cards.
For understanding the complete range of security concepts inherent in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0, including using SELinux, refer to these guides in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux documentation set:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Deployment Guide covers a comprehensive selection of security and configuration topics, including access controls, network configuration, SELinux, and single sign-on, along with other deployment and management considerations.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Security Guide provides an overview of security concepts, such as server security and potential network threats, and describes how to configure Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 servers and workstations, virtual private networks, and firewalls for effective security. It also covers how to assess vulnerabilities in the system and to detect and respond to intrusions.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux SELinux Guide gives an overview of SELinux concepts and details how to configure and use SELinux effectively on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux system.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Installation Guide provides procedures and options for installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0.
Some very basic information on using other end user web services for the Certificate System CA and RA systems is covered in Using End User Services. For basic certificate management, that is all many users need to know. Managing Smart Cards with the Enterprise Security Client and the End User's Guide, together, are both for end users of Red Hat Certificate System.
For more information on the basic concepts of certificates, public key infrastructure, and Certificate System itself, see the Certificate System Deployment Guide.
More detailed information about the concepts behind public key cryptography, as well as a more detailed overview of the Certificate System subsystems and how Certificate System manages certificates and smart cards, is available in the Certificate System Administrator's Guide. This is also the guide for administrators to manage the Certificate System server. Installation is covered in the Certificate System Installation Guide.
The Certificate System Agent's Guide covers how agents can approve and reject certificate requests and manage user certificates through other Certificate System subsystems, such as the Online Certificate Status Responder (which checks the revocation status) and the Data Recovery Manager (which recovers the certificate information if a token or a certificate is lost).
The latest information about Red Hat Certificate System, including current release notes and other updates, is always available at the Certificate System documentation page,

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