Although still usable, this Certificate Authority application now has legacy status.
The new UW Certificate Services
application provides consolidated certificate request and management functions
for both the UW Services CA and the InCommon CA.
See the UW Certificate Services documentation for a comparison of CA features
Working with a root certificate
Installing the root certificate
The CA's root certificate must be installed into any
program that will be connecting to an application
that authenticates itself with our (the UW CA) certificates.
Specific use depends on your application. PEM is convenient
because you can copy and paste the text from your browser
into an application or file. DER is not printable and
therefore cannot be as easily copied. Many applications can,
however, work more easily with the DER format.
- The installation button on our
user documentation page provides the easiest means
to load the root certififcate into a browser.
Apache web servers
Programs unsing the OpenSSL library
- OpenSSL is the most popular open source SSL library.
- Paste the certificate into a file, e.g. cacert.pem.
- Configure your program to use this file, using, for example,
- See the OpenSSL
MS Windows applications
- Windows applications will find the DER format
of the root certificate the most convenient.
- Click on the DER format link to allow your
system's certificate manager to install the certificate.
- The most appropriate storage area for the certificate on
your system may depend on the particular application.