Automated Certificate Management Environment
The Automatic Certificate Management Environment (ACME) protocol is a communications protocol for automating interactions between certificate authorities and their users' web servers, allowing the automated deployment of public key infrastructure at very low cost. It was designed by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) for their Let's Encrypt service.
The ISRG provides free and open-source reference implementations for ACME: certbot is a Python-based implementation of server certificate management software using the ACME protocol, and boulder is a CA implementation, written in Go. In December 2015, the web server Caddy gained native support for automatic certificate issuance and renewal using the ACME protocol. In October 2017 Let's Encrypt announced similar built-in functionality (through a module) for Apache httpd.
- Barnes, Richard; Hoffman-Andrews, Jacob; Kasten, James. "Automatic Certificate Management Environment (ACME)". IETF.
- List of ACME clients at Let's Encrypt
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- Barnes, R.; Eckersley, P.; Schoen, S.; Halderman, A.; Kasten, J. (January 28, 2015). Automatic Certificate Management Environment (ACME) draft-barnes-acme-01. IETF. I-D draft-barnes-acme-01. https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-barnes-acme-01. Retrieved 2016-08-14.
- Barnes, R.; Hoffman-Andrews, J.; Kasten, J. (February 3, 2017). Automatic Certificate Management Environment (ACME) draft-ietf-acme-acme-05. IETF. I-D draft-ietf-acme-acme-05. https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-acme-acme-05. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
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- "letsencrypt/boulder". GitHub. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
- "Caddy 0.8 Released with Let's Encrypt Integration". December 4, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
- Aas, Josh (2017-10-17). "ACME Support in Apache HTTP Server Project". Let's Encrypt.
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