Monday, June 2, 2008

Viewing SSL/TLS Certificates

When setting up self-hosted WCF services to run under https, it's useful to be able to view the Certificates that are installed and discover their thumbprints (hash values).

These articles explain:

How to View Certificates with the MMC Snap-in.

How to retrieve the Thumbprint of a Certificate.

Once you have the hash value for the certificate, it is used as a lookup by the HTTP.SYS driver to locate the server certificate that will be used for https encryption/decryption. I'll explain how to configure the HTTP.SYS driver for SSL/TLS in a future post.

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