PKI Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 2.04, by Dr. Herong Yang
Viewing Server Certificate Details in IE 10
This section provides a tutorial example on how to view certificate details when visiting an 'https' Web site in IE 10.
When you visit a "https" Web server, it will send its certificate to your browser. Server's certificate is needed by the browser for these 2 tasks:
Normally, your browser will do these 2 tasks automatically without your interaction. You don't need to know where is the server certificate and what's in the certificate.
But since I am interested to learn more about "https" communication, I want to see the server certificate. Here is what did on IE 10 to see details of the server certificate.
1. Run IE 10 and go to https://login.yahoo.com and wait for the log in page to be displayed.
2. Click the lock icon at the end of the Web address field. A small pop up windows shows up.
3. Click the "View certificates" link on the pop up window. The Certificate dialog box shows up. The General tab tells me this information:
This certificate is intended for the following purpose(s): * Ensures the identify of a remote computer Issued to: *.login.yahoo.com Issued by: VeriSign Class 3 Secure Server CA - G3 Valid from 4/7/2014 to 4/9/2015
4. If you click the Details tab, you will details of this certificate:
Version V3 Serial number 1f 98 67 cb 11 da 69 b8 48 2b be 85 c7 5d 67 e0 Signature algorithm sha1RSA Issuer VeriSign Class 3 Secure Server CA - G3 Valid from Monday, April 07, 2014 7:00:00 PM Valid to Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:59:59 PM Subject *.login.yahoo.com Public key RSA (2048 Bits) ...
Cool. Now I see details of a real server certificate for commercial uses. The picture below shows you steps to see certificate details:
Last update: 2015.
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