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Owner

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  For a static public key, static private key and/ or the static key pair containing those components, the owner is the entity that is authorized to use the static private key corresponding to the static public key, whether that entity generated the static key pair itself or a trusted party generated the key pair for the entity. For an ephemeral key pair, ephemeral private key or ephemeral public key, the owner is the entity that generated the ephemeral key pair and uses the ephemeral private key associated with the public key of that key pair.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-56A Rev. 2

  For a key pair, the owner is the entity that is authorized to use the private key associated with a public key, whether that entity generated the key pair itself or a trusted party generated the key pair for the entity.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-56B Rev. 1

  1. For an asymmetric key pair, consisting of a private key and a public key, the owner is the entity that is authorized to use the private key associated with a public key, whether that entity generated the key pair itself or a trusted party generated the key pair for the entity.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-133

  2. For a symmetric key (i.e., a secret key), the entity or entities that are authorized to share and use the key.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-133

  For a static key pair, the entity that is associated with the public key and authorized to use the private key. For an ephemeral key pair, the owner is the entity that generated the public/private key pair. For a symmetric key, the owner is any entity that is authorized to use the key.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-57 Part 1 Rev. 4

  For a static key pair, the entity that is associated with the public key and authorized to use the private key. For an ephemeral key pair, the owner is the entity that generated the public/private key pair. For a symmetric key, any entity that is authorized to use the key.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-57 Part 1 Rev. 3 [Superseded]

  A key pair owner is the entity that is authorized to use the private key of a key pair.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-89

  A user who can modify the contents of an access control list.
Source(s):
NISTIR 5153