Importing Certificate Path into Firefox

This section provides a tutorial example of trying to import a certificate path into Firefox. But it failed..

Next, I want to import some other certificates signed by me into Firefox to form a certificate path:

1. Repeat steps listed in the previous tutorial until you see the Certificate Manager dialog box.

2. Click the "People" tab and click the "Import" button. The "Select File containing somebody's Email certificate to import" dialog box shows up.

3. Keep the select in "Files of type" as "Certificate Files" and select "john.crt".

4. Click the "Open" button. No validation errors, because the issuer, Herong Yang, has a CA certificate in Firefox now.

But John's certificate is not showing up in the "People" category. If check the "Others" category. Surprisingly, John's certificate is listed there!

5. Click the "People" tab and click the "Import" button. The "Select File containing somebody's Email certificate to import" dialog box shows up.

6. Keep the select in "Files of type" as "Certificate Files" and select "bill.crt".

7. Click the "Open" button. An alert message shows up: "This certificate can't be verified and will not be imported. The certificate issuer might be unknown or untrusted, the certificate might have expired or been revoked, or the certificate might not have been approved."

The message is clear. The issuer of Bill's certificate is "John Smith", whose certificate is in Firefox, but not trusted.

Looks like there is no way to import a full certificate path into Firefox 18.

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Cryptography Terminology

 Cryptography Basic Concepts

 Introduction to AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)

 Introduction to DES Algorithm

 DES Algorithm - Illustrated with Java Programs

 DES Algorithm Java Implementation

 DES Algorithm - Java Implementation in JDK JCE

 DES Encryption Operation Modes

 DES in Stream Cipher Modes

 PHP Implementation of DES - mcrypt

 Blowfish - 8-Byte Block Cipher

 Secret Key Generation and Management

 Cipher - Secret Key Encryption and Decryption

 Introduction of RSA Algorithm

 RSA Implementation using java.math.BigInteger Class

 Introduction of DSA (Digital Signature Algorithm)

 Java Default Implementation of DSA

 Private key and Public Key Pair Generation

 PKCS#8/X.509 Private/Public Encoding Standards

 Cipher - Public Key Encryption and Decryption

 MD5 Mesasge Digest Algorithm

 SHA1 Mesasge Digest Algorithm

 OpenSSL Introduction and Installation

 OpenSSL Generating and Managing RSA Keys

 OpenSSL Managing Certificates

 OpenSSL Generating and Signing CSR

 OpenSSL Validating Certificate Path

 "keytool" and "keystore" from JDK

 "OpenSSL" Signing CSR Generated by "keytool"

 Migrating Keys from "keystore" to "OpenSSL" Key Files

 Certificate X.509 Standard and DER/PEM Formats

 Migrating Keys from "OpenSSL" Key Files to "keystore"

 Using Certificates in IE (Internet Explorer)

Using Certificates in Firefox

 Visiting a "https" Web Site with Firefox

 Viewing Certificate Details

 Managing Certificates in Certificate Stores

 Exporting Certificates Out of Firefox

 OpenSSL Viewing Certificates Exported from Firefox

 Importing CA Certificate into Firefox

Importing Certificate Path into Firefox

 Using Certificates in Google Chrome

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

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