Viewing Certificate Details

This section provides a tutorial example on how to view certificate details when visiting an 'https' Web site in IE 9.

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 9 to see details of the server certificate.

1. Run IE 9 and go to https://login.yahoo.com and wait for the log in page to be loaded.

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: DigiCert High Assurance CA-3
Valid from 3/ 9/ 2012 to 3/ 14/ 2014

4. If you click the Details tab, you will details of this certificate:

Version               V3
Serial number         0c 07 04 ...
Signature algorithm   sha1RSA
Signature has algorithm sha1
Issuer                DigiCert High Assurance CA-3
Valid from            Friday, March 09, 2012 07:00:00 PM
Valid to              Friday, March 14, 2014 07:00:00 PM
Subject               login.yahoo.com, Yahoo! Inc.
Public key            RSA (2048 Bits)
Authority Key Identifier KeyID=50 ea 73 ...
Subject Key Identifier   2a aa f2 ...
Enhanced Key Usage    Server Authentication (1.3.6.1.5.5.7.3.1)
                      Client Authentication (1.3.6.1.5.5.7.3.2)
Key Usage             Digital Signature, Key Encipherment (a0)
Thumbprint algorithm  sha1
Thumbprint            68 22 14 ...

Cool. Now I see details of a real certificate for commercial uses. The picture below shows you steps to reach certificate details:
IE Certificate Detail View

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)

 Why Using Certificates with Web Browsers?

 Visiting a "https" Web Site with IE

Viewing Certificate Details

 Viewing Certificate Path

 Installing Certificate Permanently in IE

 Managing Certificates in Certificate Stores

 Exporting Certificates Out of IE

 OpenSSL Viewing Certificates Exported from IE

 Importing CA Certificate into IE

 Importing Certificate Path into IE

 Using Certificates in Firefox

 Using Certificates in Google Chrome

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

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