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15 +17/-2 votes

IE SSL certificate dialog only offers Install Certificate button to administrators

Submitted by jstangroome on August 12, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

If a standard user navigates to a HTTPS website with an untrusted certificate in IE, chooses to proceed, then opens the certificate information dialog, the button to Install Certificate is hidden.

If the standard user then starts IE elevated as an administrator user, navigates to the same site and open the certificate dialog the Install Certificate button is available. The default options in the Install Certificate wizard will then trust the certificate only for the administrator user, not the entire system, and the standard user's IE instance still won't trust the website.

However, a standard user doesn't require special permissions to trust a certificate for themselves, the limitation is only imposed by the hidden button.

The Install Certificate button should always be available and should only require elevation when the user chooses the option to trust the certificate for the entire system.



Not fixed

Discussion (3 comments)

justinmortimer wrote on August 14, 2010, 9:23pm

My user account is the administrator account for this machine and it is also an administrator account for our sbs2003 server domain and I still cannot access the install button when trying to install sbs2003 cert which shows up as untrusted in IE.

How can I install this cert?

justinmortimer wrote on August 14, 2010, 9:26pm

I have copied the cert from the server to my computer and have clicked to install. System responds that the cert was installed successfully. Still it doesn't recognize it. Also tried specifying the location as enterprise and it didn't work.

justinmortimer wrote on August 14, 2010, 11:01pm

Ok, I found and installed my cert to the trusted root category as noted and all is well.

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