This article outlines the RootCA node in BloodHound, it describes what the node represents, the node's properties, and possible incoming/outgoing edges.


The RootCA node represents the Active Directory LDAP objects of the certificationAuthority class located in the Certification Authorities container in the Configuration Naming Context. 

Node properties

The node supports the properties of the table. Three types of property names will be used, depending on where the property is found:

  • Entity Panel: Name shown in the BloodHound UI.
  • Database: Name stored in the BloodHound database and returned by the BloodHound API. This is to be used when running Cypher queries.
  • Directory: Name collected from the directory the node is stored in, for example, the LDAP name for an Active Directory property.
Entity Panel Database Directory Description
Object ID


objectGUID The object's unique identifier in the directory.
ACL Inheritance Denied


nTSecurityDescriptor Whether inherited permissions (ACEs) from containers are blocked on this object.
Basic Constraint Path Length basicconstraintpathlength caCertificate (X509Certificate) The maximum number of non-self-issued intermediate certificates that may follow this certificate in a valid certificate chain.
Certificate Chain certchain caCertificate (X509Certificate) A hierarchical list of certificates starting with the certificate for this CA and ending with a self-signed root certificate. Each certificate is signed by the private key of the next CA certificate.
Certificate Name certname caCertificate (X509Certificate) The name of the CA's certificate.
Certificate Thumbprint certthumbprint caCertificate (X509Certificate) The thumbprint (unique identifier) of the CA's certificate.
Created whencreated whenCreated When the object was created in the directory.
Distinguished Name distinguishedname distinguishedName The name of the object and it's location in AD.
Domain FQDN domain - The fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain the object belongs to.
Domain SID domainsid - The SID of the domain the object belongs to.
Has Basic Constraints hasbasicconstraints caCertificate (X509Certificate) Whether the CA certificate has basic constraints.
Last Collected by BloodHound lastseen - When the object was last collected and ingested in BloodHound.
- name name + domain name Name of the object + @ + the name of the domain. 


The following edge types may be linked to/from this node. See the edges documentation for more information on the edge types.

Incoming edges

Edge type Entity panel category
EnterpriseCAFor -
GenericAll Inbound Object Control
GenericWrite Inbound Object Control
IssuedSignedBy -
Owns Inbound Object Control
WriteDacl Inbound Object Control
WriteOwner Inbound Object Control

Outgoing edges

Edge type Entity panel category
RootCAFor -