SSL Certificates in Google Chrome

Google's new web browser, Chrome, has sparked a lot of discussion and interest in many of its new features. Though still in beta, it handles many things much better than all other current browsers. But how does it handle SSL certificates? Does it give the appropriate error messages and user interface notifications? That is what we are going to investigate.

First off, of course, it supports normal SSL certificates without any problem. It just displays a yellow background in the address bar, a lock icon on the right, and makes the https in the address bar green:

 Normal SSL Certificate in Google Chrome

Support for EV SSL certificates seems a little buggy in the current version. It is supposed to display the name of the validated company in green on the right side of the address bar like this:

 EV SSL Certificate in Google Chrome

The company name seems to display sometimes and not display at other times. This is a bug that will most likely be fixed by the next release of Googe Chrome.

SSL Error Messages in Google Chrome

How does Google Chrome handle SSL error messages? Very well. First let's look at a domain mismatch error. This occurs when the name on the SSL certificate doesn't match the name that the site is being accessed with in the browser. This is what Google Chrome displays in this case:

 Domain Mismatch error in Google Chrome

This is a great solution because it makes it very clear that something is wrong but it informs the user of exactly what the problem is and lets them easily proceed if they decide to. This is in contrast to the way Firefox makes you add an exception for each site.

The next error message is an untrusted certificate error (including self-signed certificates or incorrectly installed certificates from certificate authorities). This is the message that displays:

 Untrusted certificate error in Google Chrome

Again, it is very clear and allows you to easily proceed to the page anyway or go "back to safety".

Finally, what does Google Chrome do when some of the content on a page is not loaded from a secure source? It displays a warning icon in the right of the address bar and, when clicked, shows that the identity is verified but that parts of the page are not encrypted.

 Unauthenticated content error in Google Chrome

Also, client certificates don't seem to be supported yet. Overall, Google Chrome is on the right track in making sure that SSL errors are correctly identified and communicated to users.

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Originally posted on Sun Sep 7, 2008

Comments (30)

  1. Pradeep:
    Aug 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Thanks a Ton All Dosto.... will try the solution within some mins..

  2. roshan:
    Aug 13, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    thanks the date and time settings change really works

  3. Varania:
    Jul 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Thanks Bilal...That was great. I just adjusted the date and time!!

  4. nayab khed:
    Jun 23, 2014 at 08:23 PM

    By adjusting time and time it fixed

  5. John Talmadge:
    Jun 19, 2014 at 06:58 AM

    As an end user of Chrome (and IE)I have been getting error messages when trying to access certain secured sites in which the Chrome error states "Cannot connect to the real ***.com"; *** being the name of the real name of the site. Clicking the "more" button reveals the reason as being a malformed certificate, stating that Chrome will not access the site because of this. It shows the subject as the url of the site I'm trying to access and it shows the Issuer of the certificate (I guess). I can access the site with other computers using the same network or my iPad; it's only my desktop that has the problem. The other computers are also using Chrome. Can you tell me what could be causing this to only occur on this one computer? I've searched the internet through and have yet to find a solution. I would appreciate your input.

  6. Martin:
    Apr 26, 2014 at 01:48 PM

    Does anyone know why even secured sites sometimes shows up as insecured (Usually refreshing the page fixes it, but sometimes it changes to dangerous statuss even though the site is verified as safe and has a sertificate)? Is this some sort of a bug? Or does it take time for Chrome to load each sertificate and that is why it shows "insecured" at first? Was just curious, yes, refreshing the page actualy fixes it in the most cases, but still :/

  7. B:
    Apr 18, 2014 at 03:04 AM

    i spent whole noon to figure it out. I'm luckily here to view this!!! just change the date and time!!! I am so sorry being rude and said wtf end up with laughed. Ha-ha!

  8. Monojit:
    Apr 16, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Thanks for give such an easy and great solution. I thought some critical settings I need to change. Could you please tell How SSL related to Date and time.

  9. Mark Moore:
    Jun 18, 2013 at 05:47 PM

    How do I examine (or download) a security certificate when the certificate is *good*? In the Chrome browser, and it lets me save bad certificates, but it won't let me save good ones. Help!

  10. Vinay Raghu:
    May 12, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    It was the date and time. Thanks! I reset it and everything was working fine!

  11. BA:
    Aug 26, 2012 at 09:31 AM

    How do I send a digitally signed email that is secure and can be encrypted? I have already tried StartCom and Comodo, and neither supports Google Chrome email. BTW - At least I can read the security code. NICE! :o}

  12. null:
    Mar 04, 2012 at 04:33 PM

    Wow! A big thanks to you buddy!. It helps me.. Thanks a lot. :)

  13. Fran:
    Mar 01, 2012 at 02:51 AM

    I cant believe that i waited for zanga games to fix my problem with the game not loading properly. But all it was, was the date had to be changed. OMG how simple was that. thanks guys and girls

  14. Ecka:
    Dec 29, 2011 at 09:06 AM

    Can't believe that changing date sort my security problem lol Thanks

  15. mart:
    Dec 17, 2011 at 06:20 PM

    thanx, i have encountered this mssge many times. now i know! adjust the date and time...

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