Certificate Revocation

Palo Alto Networks firewalls and Panorama use digital certificates to ensure trust between parties in a secure communication session. Configuring a firewall or Panorama to check the revocation status of certificates provides additional security. A party that presents a revoked certificate is not trustworthy. When a certificate is part of a chain, the firewall or Panorama checks the status of every certificate in the chain except the root CA certificate, for which it cannot verify revocation status.
Various circumstances can invalidate a certificate before the expiration date. Some examples are a change of name, change of association between subject and certificate authority (for example, an employee terminates employment), and compromise (known or suspected) of the private key. Under such circumstances, the certificate authority that issued the certificate must revoke it.
The firewall and Panorama support the following methods for verifying certificate revocation status. If you configure both methods, the firewall or Panorama first tries the OCSP method; if the OCSP server is unavailable, it uses the CRL method.
In PAN-OS, certificate revocation status verification is an optional feature. It is a best practice to enable it for certificate profiles, which define user and device authentication for Authentication Portal, GlobalProtect, site-to-site IPSec VPN, and web interface access to the firewall or Panorama, to verify that the certificate hasn’t been revoked.

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