In order to utilize the in-browser controls provided by the CA, all applicants who are attempting to generate a code signing certificate must use Firefox as their default browser. If this browser is not properly used, the applicant will receive an Error Message. Due to the amazing in-browser controls provided by the CA, applicants who use Firefox as their browser will be able to automatically generate the CSR and store the private key within Firefox’s file system. This unique private key will automatically be pulled by the corresponding certificate during the installation/download process.
A code signing certificate is technically not an SSL certificate. It is a certificate-based digital signature algorithm that verifies a piece of code has not been altered or corrupted since it was signed by the author. You can think of it as “digital shrink-wrap” that verifies code is authentic, increasing customer trust and willingness to download and install it. All major operating systems like Windows, Apple OS X, and Linux support code signing and use it themselves to ensure malicious code can’t be distributed through the patch system.
Most likely, you did not generate or apply for your renewal certificate. Think of SSL like a passport – when the old one expires you must toss it out and apply for a new one. You should be able to see in your account or via an email how to generate or apply for your new order. If you have generated, make sure that the new certificate was approved and installed in place of the old expiring certificate. If the new certificate is installed, then the issue is with the configuration. Common solutions to this problem are to restart your…
Most likely, you did not generate or apply for your renewal certificate. Think of SSL like a passport – when the old one expires you must toss it out and apply for a new one. You should be able to see in your account or via an email how to generate or apply for your new order. If you have generated, make sure that the new certificate was approved and installed in place of the old expiring certificate.
Depending on the certificate details submitted with your renewal, the Certificate Authority (CA) may be able to use some previously validated information/documents. If this is an EV order, certificates validated more than 13 months are required to complete full business validation again, including providing new documentation. For OV orders, the CA can reuse previous validated information up to 39 months from the original order. Please note that if any details of your organization change, you may be required to provide additional documents.
We recommend that you generate a new CSR to renew your certificate; however, if generating a new CSR proves to be challenging, you can use the original CSR and it will work. The drawback of using the original CSR is that it will be the exact same private key, so it’s a little less secure.
A renewal is basically the same as buying a brand new certificate, “renewal” is simply an industry term that is used by all providers. So, you can go through the exact same purchasing process to renew your certificate. However, if you have access to a “renewal” option when purchasing your SSL certificate, be sure and use that so you get the remaining time rolled over from your expiring certificate to your new renewal certificate.
You can use the SSL checker tool from Cert Logik to test whether or not your SSL certificate has been installed properly. The link is: https://certlogik.com/ssl-checker/.
This is more than likely because the intermediate certificates were never installed. Installing them should resolve this error. Below you will find links on where to locate and install your intermediate certificate, depending on the Certificate Authority that issued the cert. Or you can always contact your SSL provider. https://knowledge.digicert.com/generalinformation/INFO4331.html https://knowledge.geotrust.com/support/knowledge-base/index?page=content&id=AR1421 https://search.thawte.com/support/ssl-digital-certificates/index?page=content&id=AR1384 https://knowledge.rapidssl.com/support/ssl-certificate-support/index?page=content&id=AR1548 https://support.comodo.com/index.php?/Default/Knowledgebase/List/Index/108/sha-2
This means that URL in the browser and the common name in the certificate are not an EXACT match (for instance, the www. is missing). Another common reason for this is the web host’s certificate is incorrectly assigned to your domain name. Or, you purchased a certificate that does not cover the specific subdomain you are looking at.