django-x509: a reusable django app for PKI management

23rd September 2016 in Coding Tags: cryptography, django, open-source, openwisp, python

Latelly I came across the need of a django app to manage a PKI (Public Key Infrastructure), with particular attention for managing Certification Authorities and x509 Certificates via the django admin.

I needed this feature in order to implement automatic management of VPN client certificates for OpenWISP 2 (which is based on python and django).

At first I've looked at existing solutions, but I didn't find an app that was simple to integrate in a large project, that would let users manage CAs via the django-admin and that was compatible with django 1.10.

For the previous reasons I wrote django-x509, which implements a basic features of a Public Key Infrastructure.

The main features of django-x509 are:
  • create, edit and delete Certification Authorities
  • import existing Certification Authorities
  • create, edit and delete end entity x509 certificates
  • import existing end entity x509 certificates
  • revocation of end entity certificate
  • CRL view for each Certification Authority (which can be public or protected)
  • possibility to specify x509 extensions on each certificate

All these features of django-x509 can be used via the django-admin.

The app is intentionally simple, it implements only the most basic features needed to easily generate Certification Authorities and x509 certificates, but I hope it will improve over time and be helpful to other projects or organizations that share a similar need.



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