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distinguished name (DN)

A Distinguished Name (DN) is a global, authoritative name of an instance in the OSI directory according to X.500

.With the Distinguished Name, a globally unique distinguishability of persons or systems

isgiven. The DN name ensures that a digital certificate

is never issued for different persons with the same name. Inaddition to the name, the certification authority and the serial number ensure the uniqueness of a digital

certificate. The distinguishable names required by all participants in a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) are defined by ISO/ITU in the X.500 standard.

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Englisch: distinguished name - DN
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