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RIA plans a remote update feature for Estonian ID cards / e-residency cards

The Information System Authority (RIA) is preparing an online update to the certificates in Estonian ID cards and e-Residents’ digital ID cards.

Vallo Veinthal, the Manager of RIA’s eID Domain said, “The forthcoming update is necessary to ensure continued interoperability between the eID card and the operating systems and web browsers.”

“The need to upgrade the certificates arose after Google announced that the version of Chrome launching on October 13th would renew certificate compliance standards” he explained.

(The original information about somewhat non-strict implementation of the digital certificates found on the Estonian identity cards was discussed on Google Code website, starting on 15 September, issue #532048.)

Estonia has agreed with Google on a 6-month transitional period to make certain that the issued digital certificates can be replaced conveniently. During the six month period the eID users may continue to use the present certificates with Chrome.

The functionality, prompting card owners to update the certificates online, has once been part of the Estonian ID card software suite and will now be re-implemented. The procedure of initiating the remote update procedure on the certificates is to be implemented in a way that is both easy to use and secure.

Veinthal said the security and risk of the new functionality were to be analysed before implementation. “The eID framework has to be aware that interoperation glitches are becoming more frequent in the world of technology, increasing the necessity to create fast and convenient solutions,” commented Veinthal.

“It is very important that operating systems developers continue to improve security and that everybody goes along with the innovations. The improvements and updates will need to continue in the future as well,” added Veinthal.

The underway change is not related to Estonian mobile-ID solutions.

Topic: PKI

Added 02.10.2015

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