[cryptography] How much does it cost to start a root CA ?

yersinia yersinia.spiros at gmail.com
Fri Jan 4 16:01:57 EST 2013

On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 8:41 PM, John Case <case at sdf.org> wrote:
> Let's assume hardware is zero ... it's a really variable cost, so I assume
> (correct me if I'm wrong) that it is a trivial cost compared to legal and
> audit costs, etc.
> So what does it cost to start a root CA, get properly audited (as I see the
> root CAs are) and get yourself included into, say, firefox or chrome ?
> A followup question would be:
> Is inclusion of a root CA in the major browsers a "shall issue" process ?
> hat is, you meet the criteria and you get in ?  Or is it a subjective,
> political process ?
> Finally, it seems to me that since there re so few root CAs (~30 ?) and the
> service provided is such an arbitrary, misunderstood one, that existing CAs
> would be actively trying to prevent new entrants ... and establish
> themsevles as toll collectors with a pseudo monopoly ... what evidence (if
> any) do we have that they are pursuing such an ecosystem ?

Many today say that there are too many root CA, not a few. Is not it?

have i missing something ?

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