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SSL unfortunately uses an awkward and complex certificate format called X.509, which is one of two evolutionary relics left over from a long-dead overly-ambitious network architecture called X.500. (The other one is the LDAP directory protocol; the fact that the L stands for “Lightweight” gives you an idea of how comparatively elephantine X.500 must have been.)

Jens Alfke