Viewing Server Certificate Details in IE

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

When you visit a "https" Web server, it will send its certificate to your browser. Server's certificate is needed by the browser for 2 reasons:

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 to see details of the server certificate.

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

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 SHA2 High Assurance Server CA
Valid from 8/30/2018 to 3/3/2019

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

Version               V3
Serial number         06 51 34 66 b7 46 b9 44 a0 c6 99 7c f5 63 a8 1d
Signature algorithm   sha256RSA
Issuer                DigiCert SHA2 High Assurance Server CA
Valid from            Thursday, August 30, 2018 8:00:00 PM
Valid to              Sunday, March 03, 2019 8:00:00 AM
Subject               *.login.yahoo.com
Public key            RSA (2048 Bits)
...

Cool. Now I see details of a real server certificate for commercial uses. The picture below shows you steps to see certificate details:

Viewing Server Certificate Details in IE
Viewing Server Certificate Details in IE

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 Microsoft Edge

 Using HTTPS with Apple Safari

HTTPS with IE (Internet Explorer)

 Visiting "https" Website with IE

Viewing Server Certificate Details in IE

 Viewing Server Certificate Path in IE

 Installing Server Certificate Permanently in IE

 Viewing Certificates in Certificate Stores in IE

 Listing of Trusted Root CA in IE

 Exporting Certificate to File from IE

 Saving Server Certificate to File with IE

 Deleting Certificates from IE

 IE Supporting Multiple Certificate Paths

 IE Reinstalling Root Certificates Automatically

 Windows Automatic Root Update Mechanism

 Android and Server Certificate

 iPhone and Server Certificate

 Windows Certificate Stores and Console

 RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) and Server Certificate

 macOS Certificate Stores and Keychain Access

 Perl Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 PHP Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Java Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 .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

 References

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