ClickOnce: Certificate cannot be validated


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Tony Rogers

Hi,

We are signing our ClickOnce manifests with a code signing certificate
purchased from Thawte. When we install the software a security warning is
shown, and when we click on the publisher it says the certificate can not be
validated. This is because the "Thawte Code Signing CA" is not present on
the client machines.

Having done a web search, I found a previous post in this group describing
exactly the same issue - viewable at:
http://groups.google.com/group/micr...hread/thread/8c46df2acf25d54/4c1c4221f69fa09e

From one reply from Linda Liu [MSFT]:
I searched in our inner database and found a similar issue in it. The
following is the comments:
Firstly, this is a known issue that is being addressed in the next version
of Visual Studio - The Orcas.

Click Once apps do not distribute certificate/cert chains on the fly. So
for path validation to be recognized at install time - the installing
machine must have the intermediate certificate in this specific case.

My investigations have not yet turned up any CAs that offer code signing
certificates that directly chain from certificates we will find on our very
vanilla customer machines - they all seem to use intermediate certs. (I'd
love to be proved wrong on this...)

My real question relates to the comment that this is being addressed in the
Orcas release of Visual Studio. Is this true? If so, is there support in
framework 3.5 that can be accessed via cClickOnce APIs?

Thanks,

Tony
 
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Linda Liu[MSFT]

Hi Tony,

If the certificate you use to sign your ClickOnce manifest is signed by an
intermediate Thawte certificate, which in turn is signed by Thawte's
premium server certificate, you can install the intermediate certificate
into the client machine to solve the problem.

As for the comment "this is a known issue that is being addressed in the
next version of Visual Studio - The Orcas.", I am not sure whether it has
already been addressed in VS2008 or not. I will consult this issue in our
internal discussion group. As soon as I get an answer, I will get it back
to you.

I appreciate your patience!

Sincerely,
Linda Liu
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Tony Rogers

Hi Linda,

Thanks for the quick response.

Unfortunately, as we produce an internet distributed application, we are not
in a position to install certificates on the client. Asking our clients to
do this would somwhat diminish the value of ClickOnce (as there are quite a
few clicks involved in installing a certificate), and raise a few eyebrows.

I eagerly await your update re. whether this has been fixed in VS2008/.NET
3.5

Cheers...

Tony
 
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Linda Liu[MSFT]

Hi Tony,

This is a quick note to let you know that I'm still consulting this issue.
As soon as I get an answer, I will update in the newsgoup.

I appreciate your patience!

Sincerely,
Linda Liu
Microsoft Online Community Support

Delighting our customers is our #1 priority. We welcome your comments and
suggestions about how we can improve the support we provide to you. Please
feel free to let my manager know what you think of the level of service
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Linda Liu[MSFT]

Hi Tony,

I haven't got an answer so far. After discussing this issue with my
manager, we decide to escalate this issue, i.e. have a Product Support
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Thank you again for your patience in working on this issue in the community.

Sincerely,
Linda Liu
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Linda Liu[MSFT]

Hi Tony,

I haven't received your email containing the required information so far.

If you need our further assitance, please e-mail me the required
information so we can create a support incident for you.

To get my actual email address, remove 'online' from my displayed email
address.

Sincerely,
Linda Liu
Microsoft Online Community Support

Delighting our customers is our #1 priority. We welcome your comments and
suggestions about how we can improve the support we provide to you. Please
feel free to let my manager know what you think of the level of service
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