Applying for HKU-Cert (digital certificate)
through Intranet Systems for Staff and Students
Since the launch of the HKU-Cert * (digital certificates)
issuing service by Computer Centre on 22nd September 2000, a HKU staff
or student can get a HKU-Cert and the corresponding private key at the
Centre's General Office (Room 223, Run Run Shaw Building).
||The HKU-Cert is issued through the HKU CA (Certification Authority)
which is built on the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology.
for a brief description of the basic mechanism of PKI.
Starting from January 2001, in order to facilitate our staff and students
to apply for the HKU-Cert without coming to Computer Centre , users
can apply for the HKU-Cert via the Intranet Systems for Staff and Students,
respectively, as follows:
After login, click the links "Computer Centre " and then "HKU-Cert
On-line Application Form". You will then be asked to enter a
password for encrypting your HKU-Cert private key on a CD-R to be issued
You will be notified by e-mail to collect your Private-Key CD-R at Computer Centre General Office (Room 223, Run Run Shaw Building) . This
process will normally take one working day.
You can either go in person or ask a person authorized by you to collect
your Private-Key CD-R. At Computer Centre , you or the authorized
person must show the appropriate personal identification (e.g. HKU Smart
Card or HK Identity Card) and submit a signed copy of the HKU-Cert
Subscriber Agreement (version 2.0).
Login the Intranet Systems
||When the applicant collects the Private Key in person at Computer Centre's General Office, he can at the same time request to save his private
key to his HKU Smart Card.
||Since the password encrypting the private key is only known to the
applicant, collection of the Private Key CD-R of an applicant by his authorized
person would not compromise the security of his private key.
Use of the HKU-Cert
The HKU-Cert can be used in HKU
Electronic Service Delivery (ESD) applications where electronic signatures
are required, and in e-mail programs which support the use
of electronic signatures and encryption of e-mail messages.
As more HKU ESD applications are being developed, users will find more
occasions for using electronic signatures. Apart from the on-line
application form system and the Computer Centre Ordering System which were introduced in the previous issue
of the Computer News, we are pleased to present another ESD applications
using the electronic signature:
Should you have any enquiries relating to the HKU-Cert
and its use for ESD (Electronic Service Delivery) applications, please
contact the undersigned.
M. C. Pong
Tel: 2859 2491