Importing WWU's root CA certificate

When you browse some University web sites you may see a security warning similar to the examples show below.

Internet Explorer 7 Warning

Firefox 2 Warning

Firefox 3 Warning

Safari 3 Warning

To fix this, you need to import WWU's root CA certificate.

What is a root CA certificate?

Web servers use security certificates so that browsers can verify the identity of the server and use the secure web protocol (HTTPS).  These security certificates are digitally signed by trusted 3rd party companies.  The 3rd party companies are called Certificate Authorities, or CA's for short.  Each CA provides what is called a "root CA certificate".  Browsers, such as Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, are shipped with a list of these root CA certificates, so as long as a server's security certificate is signed by one of those CA's, the browser doesn't warn you when viewing web pages on that server.  These Certificate Authorities charge a fee to sign server certificates.  So, another option (meaning a cheaper option) for getting a security certificate is to become your own root CA.  WWU has chosen to do this for some web pages that are mostly internal in scope.  Since browsers aren't shipped with WWU's root CA certificate you have to import it yourself.

How do I import WWU's root CA certificate?

Click on one of the following links, depending on which browser you use:

If you use a different browser, you'll need to use one of the above links as an example for importing the certificate into your browser.

How often do I need to import WWU's root CA certificate?

You need to import WWU's root CA certificate once for each computer/browser combination you use.  For example, if you have one computer running Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, you'll need to import the certificate twice, once in Internet Explorer and once in Mozilla Firefox.  If you have two computers, each running Internet Explorer, you'll also need to import the certificate twice, once in Internet Explorer on each computer.

Can I download WWU's root CA certificate?

Yes, it's available in two formats.

PEM (ASCII) | DER (BINARY)

Page maintained by Brandon Aberle
Last update on January 10, 2011