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By Bruce Morton

October 12, 2015

EV Code Signing certificates are based on the Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing Certificates guidelines developed by the CA/Browser Forum. The guidelines combined the EV standard for validation with specific code signing components such as protecting private keys with hardware and providing time-stamp services. The demand for EV Code Signing certificates is growing thanks to the recent release of Windows 10. By October 29th, 2015 (90 days after release) all drivers provided to Microsoft must be submitted with a signature from an EV Code Signing certificate. Microsoft will trust the submission as the EV Code Signing certificate will prove that the publisher’s identity has been determined and the certificate issuance authorized. EV Code Signing certificates are similar to standard Code Signing certificates, but have some distinct advantages:
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