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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Posted on September 07, 2008
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B
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SSL error
Reply #24 on : Fri April 18, 2014, 05:04:47
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!
Monojit
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DATE AND TIME SETTINGS
Reply #23 on : Wed April 16, 2014, 12:04:37
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.
Mark Moore
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Chrome and GOOD Certificate
Reply #22 on : Tue June 18, 2013, 19:47:17
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!
Vinay Raghu
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Date and Time settings
Reply #21 on : Sun May 12, 2013, 02:08:05
It was the date and time. Thanks! I reset it and everything was working fine!
BA
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Secure/encrypted email
Reply #20 on : Sun August 26, 2012, 11:31:21
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}
null
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Thank you
Reply #19 on : Sun March 04, 2012, 18:33:00
Wow! A big thanks to you buddy!. It helps me.. Thanks a lot. :)
Fran
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I cant believe it
Reply #18 on : Thu March 01, 2012, 04:51:43
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
Ecka
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Re: SSL Certificates in Google Chrome
Reply #17 on : Thu December 29, 2011, 11:06:35
Can't believe that changing date sort my security problem lol
Thanks
mart
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Re: SSL Certificates in Google Chrome
Reply #16 on : Sat December 17, 2011, 20:20:04
thanx, i have encountered this mssge many times. now i know! adjust the date and time...
rom
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ssl error
Reply #15 on : Tue December 06, 2011, 02:43:57
thank you for posting some helpful things i adjust the time of my PC
Jonathan
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Re: SSL Certificates in Google Chrome
Reply #14 on : Wed November 09, 2011, 21:56:32
I had adjusted the date on my computer to take advantage of an trial offer on a software and that was causing the problem. Thank bilal for the suggestion.
kaushal
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ty
Reply #13 on : Sat June 18, 2011, 12:08:26
thanxx I just adjusted the date & time..and nw it is running properly
bilal
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another solution
Reply #12 on : Fri June 03, 2011, 06:33:16
just adjust the date and time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jivan jyoti maity
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Helpful
Reply #11 on : Wed February 16, 2011, 02:47:10
Thanx for this helpful article
franc
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and still no solution
Reply #10 on : Mon November 15, 2010, 09:25:29
Yes, good old Firefox allows me to add an exception. But chrome still doesn't, which is very annoying.
And there is no extension to solve this problem of chrome.
I know the site very well, it's mine, but every time i have to do this ugly procedure of pretending security.
Frances Fraser
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Re: SSL Certificates in Google Chrome
Reply #9 on : Tue June 30, 2009, 05:03:40
I much prefer google chrome but will have to use Internet Explorer( which keeps crashing on me) at the income tax site because of problems related to encryption and SSL signing as discussed above. The site does not support Google Chrome.
Robert
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re: chrome's lack of exceptions is a pain in the A**
Reply #8 on : Tue March 24, 2009, 18:25:40
That's true, doc. It would be nice to have it remember whether you've trusted a certificate before. Of course, for ecommerce sites that doesn't help because customers will be scared away before adding it as an exception. The solution for ecommerce sites is to redirect traffic to www (or vice versa) or get a certificate with both names in it (a SAN/UC certificate)
doc
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chrome's lack of exceptions is a pain in the A**
Reply #7 on : Tue March 24, 2009, 16:14:36
i have an internal host path to a webserver that i access with a cert that doesn't match the webserver's cert. this is *normal* for people who do web work. it's also *normal* for a non ecommerce site, like an open source site, to have a cert for "www" but not for every sub domain. by not allowing exceptions, they make it VERY hard to work with chrome... which made me, just today, put firefox BACK as my default browser
lojze.kamnik@gmail.com
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program ne najde certifikata
Reply #6 on : Thu December 18, 2008, 11:55:57
Na brskalniku Google Crhrome bi ┼żelel koristiti tudi storitev "abanet"; dostop do ban?nih storitev Abanke katere komintent sem. Za to storitev banke imam registriran certificat "sigenca".
Program Google Chrome pa me ne spusti na program, ker ne najde certifikata, ?eprav ga pod mo┼żnosti in naprednimi storitvami programa najdem.
Kaj storiti?
Druga?e pa je brskalnik Google Chrome zelo dober.
Robert
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Re: certificates handling problem
Reply #5 on : Sun September 28, 2008, 12:15:22
Georgi, I believe this is due to the fact that Chrome doesn't yet support client certificates. I'm sure support for it will be added before the final product is released, though.
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