You can configure certificate revocation checking to prevent users who have their user certificates revoked from authenticating. Certificates are often revoked when a user leaves an organization, loses a smart card, or moves from one department to another.

Certificate revocation checking with certificate revocation lists (CRLs) and with the Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) is supported. A CRL is a list of revoked certificates published by the CA that issued the certificates. OCSP is a certificate validation protocol that is used to get the revocation status of a certificate.

You can configure both CRL and OCSP in the same certificate authentication adapter configuration. When you configure both types of certificate revocation checking and the Use CRL in case of OCSP failure check box is enabled, OCSP is checked first and if OCSP fails, revocation checking falls back to CRL. Revocation checking does not fall back to OCSP if CRL fails.

Logging in with CRL Checking

When you enable certificate revocation, the VMware Identity Manager server reads a CRL to determine the revocation status of a user certificate.

If a certificate is revoked, authentication through the certificate fails.

Logging in with OCSP Certificate Checking

When you configure Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) revocation checking, VMware Identity Manager sends a request to an OCSP responder to determine the revocation status of a specific user certificate. The VMware Identity Manager server uses the OCSP signing certificate to verify that the responses it receives from the OCSP responder are genuine.

If the certificate is revoked, authentication fails.

You can configure authentication to fall back to CRL checking if it does not receive a response from the OSCP responder or if the response is invalid.