Viewing Digital ID Created by MS Word

This section provides a tutorial example on how to view the digital ID created by MS Word 2007. It is really a self-signed certificate of an auto-generated private-public key pair.

After going through previous tutorials, I think this what MS Word really did for John:

1. When John clicks "Add a Digital Signature", MS Word tried to find a certificate with private key in the "Personal" certificate store on John's Windows system.

2. But John's "Personal" certificate store is empty. So MS Word decided to ask John to create a digital ID.

3. After John submitted the "Create a Digital ID" form, MS Word generated a private-public key pair and a self-signed certificate for John. The certificate with the key pair was inserted into the "Personal" certificate store.

4. MS Word then generated a digital signature for John's document with the private key.

To confirm #3, John can run "Start > Control Panel > Internet Options". If he goes to "Content" tab and clicks "Certificates" button, he can see his new self-signed certificate listed on the "Personal" tab.

If John double clicks the certificate, he can see that his certificate has an X icon on it with these messages on the "General" tab:

This CA root certificate is not trusted. To enable trust, install
this certificate in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store.

Issued to: John Smith
Issued by: John Smith

You have a private key that corresponds to this certificate.

See the picture below:
View Digital ID Created by MS Word 2007

Last update: 2011.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)

 Introduction of HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure)

 Using HTTPS with IE (Internet Explorer) 10

 Using HTTPS with Chrome 40

 Using HTTPS with Firefox 35

 Perl Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 PHP Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Java Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Certificate Stores and Certificate Console

 .NET Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers - Root CA Offering Free Certificates

 PKI CA Administration - Issuing Certificates

Digital Signature - Microsoft Word 2007

 What Is Digital Signature?

 PKI Digital Signature

 Applying Digital Signatures with MS Word 2007

 Creating a Digital ID and Sign Word Documents

 View Digital Signatures in Word Documents

Viewing Digital ID Created by MS Word

 Obtaining a Trial Digital ID from ARX CoSign

 Viewing Digital ID Obtained from ARX CoSign

 Digital Signature - 3

 S/MIME and Email Security

 PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Terminology

 Outdated Tutorials


 PDF Printing Version