Cryptography Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 5.21, by Dr. Herong Yang

Managing Certificates in Certificate Stores

This section provides a tutorial example on how to access and manage certificates pre-installed Firefox 18.

In the previous tutorial, I learned how to view the certificate from the server, while contacting an https (SSL) Web server. Now I want to know how to access pre-installed certificates in Firefox.

1. Run Firefox 18, and go to the "Tools" > "Options..." menu. The Options dialog box shows up.

2. Click the "Advanced" icon, then click the "Encryption" tab. Encryption options shows up:

Protocols
[x] Use SSL 3.0      [x] Use TSL 1.0

Certificates
When a server requests my personal certificates:
( ) Select one automatically      (.) Ask me every time

3. Click the "View Certificates" button. The Certificate Manager dialog box shows up.

4. Go to the Authorities tab.

5. Select "VeriSign Class 3 Public Primary Certification Authority", and click "View" button. The Certificate Viewer dialog box shows up.

Now we know that Firefox 18 does have pre-installed certificates. If you click other tabs, you will see some other certificates in different categories:

  • Your Certificates - For my own certificates.
  • People - For other people's certificates.
  • Servers - For certificates from non CAs.
  • Authorities - For certificates from CAs.
  • Others - For other certificates.

The picture below shows you how to access the Certificate Manager in Firefox 18:
Firefox Manage Certificates

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Cryptography Terminology

 Cryptography Basic Concepts

 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

 Printable Copy - PDF Version

Managing Certificates in Certificate Stores - Updated in 2014, by Dr. Herong Yang