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Cobalt 1.4 – New Capabilities

18th July 2023 Directory Product Announcement

Cobalt provides a web interface for provisioning users and roles in an LDAP directory. It enables the easy deployment of XMPP, Email and Military Messaging systems.

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Listed below are the changes brought in with 1.4.

HSM Support

Cobalt is Isode’s tool for managing PKCS#11 Hardware Security Modules (HSM) which may be used to provide improved server security by protecting PKI private keys.

  • Cobalt provides a generic capability to initialize¬† HSMs and view keys
    • Multiple HSMs can be configured and one set to active
    • Tested with Nitrokey, Yubikey, SoftHSM and Gemalto networked HSM
  • Enables key pair generation and Certificate Signing Request (CSR) interaction with Certificate Authority (CA)
  • Support for S/MIME signing and encryption
    • User identities for email
    • Organization and Role identities for military messaging
  • Server identities that can be used for TLS with Isode servers

Isode Servers 

A new tab for Isode servers is added that:

  • Enables HSM identities to be provisioned
  • Enables a password to be set, which is needed for Isode servers that bind to directory to obtain authorization, authentication and other information
  • Facilitates adding Isode servers to a special directory access control group, that enables passwords (usually SCRAM hashed) to be read, to enable SCRAM and other SASL mechanisms to be used by the application

Profiler Enhancement

  • Extend the SIC rule so that multiple SICs or SIC patterns can be set in a single rule