How Do I ... Install UWO Certificate Authorities Certificate into Web Browsers

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Introduction

A Certificate Authority (CA) is one of the major components of a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) which provides the means to digitally sign or encrypt communications between two parties. A CA acts as a trusted third party which verifies a person or server is who they claim to be. Once an entity is verified by the CA a Public Key Certificate (PKC) is created which is used to provide the encryption.

In order for web browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Windows Internet Explorer to trust a Certificate Authority they must have its root certificate installed into their certificate database. Following these instructions will allow you to install the root certificate for UWO's Certificate Authority into your web browser. Once completed you will be able to seamlessly connect to web servers which use UWO's Certificate Authority to provide secure connections.

Install Certificate into Mozilla Firefox

  • Start firefox
  • Browse to http://www.uwo.ca/its/pki/CA/
  • UWO Root Certificate
  • opening cert.der
  • click on open with
  • ok
  • general tab
  • Issued to: UWO Certificate Authority
  • ssued by: UWO Certificate Authority
  • Valid from 3/20/2014 to 3/15/2034
  • Details tab
  • Serial number 00 f4 2a 04 58 76 ec ca 67
  • Thumbprint: d3 fb 85 c4 7c 8e 58 b8 28 53 60 12 69 98 65 c6 a7 f6 99 b0
  • click on install certificate
  • welcome
  • next
  • certificate Import wizard
  • Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of certificate
  • next
  • Completeing the certificate Import wizard
  • Finish
  • The import was successful
  • ok

This will put the UWO root certificate in My user account -> Trusted Root Certification Authorities -> Certificates

Install Certificate into Internet Explorer

  • Start IE
  • Browse to http://www.uwo.ca/its/pki/CA/
  • UWO Root Certificate
  • Warning 'Do you want to open or save cacert.der(1.35 KB) from uwo.ca'
  • click on open
  • general tab Issued to:
  • UWO Certificate Authority
  • Issued by: UWO Certificate Authority
  • Valid from 3/20/2014 to 3/15/2034
  • Details tab
  • Serial number 00 f4 2a 04 58 76 ec ca 67
  • Thumbprint: d3 fb 85 c4 7c 8e 58 b8 28 53 60 12 69 98 65 c6 a7 f6 99 b0
  • click on install certificate
  • welcome
  • next
  • certificate Import wizard
  • Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of certificate
  • next
  • Completeing the certificate Import wizard
  • Finish
  • The import was successful
  • ok

This will put the UWO root certificate in My user account -> Trusted Root Certification Authorities -> Certificates

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