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* [https://www.pkisolutions.com/accessing-and-using-certificate-private-keys-in-net-framework-net-core/ Accessing and using certificate private keys in .NET Framework/.NET Core] describes the mess created when Microsoft switched from their legacy CAPI key storage API to the CNG (Crypto Next Generation) key storage. The mess continues to this day.

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Good Public Key Cryptography is dependent on the absolute protection of the Private Key Component of the public/private key pair.


Protecting one's secret information, in the modern age of computers, has become synonymous with protect a secret key or a Private Key Component of a key pair.


  • Governments have been the primary customers for keeping secrets and, so, the primary customers for cryptography.
  • The challenge with providing good secrecy became a challenge to (1) find a good cryptography algorithm and (2) getting the cryptographic key security into the hands of those who need it.


  • NIST SP 800-63-3B established authentication assurance level (AAL) the report on the protection to the users private key components.