OUtdated: Viewing Digital ID Created by MS Word

This section provides a tutorial example on how to view the digital ID created by MS Word. 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

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 Google Chrome

 Using HTTPS with Mozilla Firefox

 HTTPS with IE (Internet Explorer)

 Perl Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 PHP Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Java Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Windows Certificate Stores and Console

 .NET Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 CAcert.org - Root CA Offering Free Certificates

 PKI CA Administration - Issuing Certificates

 Comodo Free Personal Certificate

 Digital Signature - Microsoft Word

 Digital Signature - OpenOffice.org 3

 S/MIME and Email Security

 PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Terminology

Outdated Tutorials

 Outdated: Viewing Server Certificate in Chrome 40

 Outdated: Viewing Server Certificate in Firefox 35

 Outdated: Viewing Pre-Installed Certificates in Firefox 35

 Outdated: Firefox 35 Displaying Certificate Error Page

 Outdated: Adding Security Exception in Firefox 35

 Outdated: Windows XP Component "Update Root Certificates"

 Outdated: Creating Certificates Console on Windows XP

 Outdated: Applying Digital Signatures with Word 2007

 OutDated: Creating a Digital ID and Sign Word Documents

OUtdated: Viewing Digital ID Created by MS Word

 Outdated: Obtaining a Trial Digital ID from ARX CoSign

 Outdated: Viewing Digital ID Obtained from ARX CoSign

 Outdated: Windows XP Component - Removing "Update Root Certificates"

 Outdated: IE 8 Displaying Certificate Error Page

 Outdated: IE 8 Displaying Certificate Error Icon

 Outdated: Viewing Certificate Path Validation Error in IE 8

 Outdated: Importing Root Certificate from a File to IE 8

 References

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