How does SSL certificate work?
Posted on 2006-04-25
I built some certificate servers by myself for our exchange2003 webemail and rpc over http purpose. I thought I knew the answer already, but I confused again.
From my understanding, certificate is an encryption method, and also for ensuring the identity of a remote computer. But when I am trying to access an ssl site, there is a security dialog box showing up with ! sign as below:
1): The security certificate was issued by a company you have not chosen to trust. View the certificate to determine whether you want to trust the certifying authority
2): The name on the security certificate is invalid or does not match the name of the site
I'm kind of understand the first one, but what is the second one, I know how to fix it by match the dns name. but what about if I don't do that, but just click OK button to enter the site. looks like I can still access the site without any problem. so my question is what is the purpose of that.
Thank you very much,