Unrevoking SSL certificate in IIS7

Posted on 2010-03-29
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Last Modified: 2012-08-14
If you go into IIS7 and delte a certificate (causing it to be revoked) - is there a way in IIS7 to unrevoke it?
Question by:tyy8

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unless I'm missing some information, just deleting a certificate doesn't revoke it, just prevents IIS from using SSL in communications with clients. You can alway reimport the certificate again, provided the Certification Authority hasn't revoked the certificate and you have access to it.

Hope that helps.

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When I deleted from the "SSL Certificates" area of IIS7 - it gave me a message that the certifcate was revoke. Now it won't go back in even if I start from scretch and rekey it. My only choice seems to be to reinstall windows to get back to a baseline for IIS and my certificate stores.
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Is the deleted Certificate from the same CA that you are generating the new certificate?
Since it should not be any problem in replacing a deleted or revoked certificate. What service do you have with SSL?
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I'm not sure how you went about deleting it that it caused the CA to revoke it, but if it is revoked there is no turning back for that particular cert.  You shouldn't need to reinstall anything.  You should be able to request a new certificate using a new key pair and that should be issued just fine.  Make sure you are creating a new cert request with a new key, not renewing the cert using a new key.

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(this is maybe a bit strange) I did request a new certificate. Installed it, and still wouldn't go in. Notice that the .crt had also installed in the personal folder even though I had only put it in the intermediate folder. But the personal one had a key in the icon and the one in the intermediate did not - indicating to me something was different between the two. I actually dragged and dropped them so I flipped around the folder they were in and what do you know, it worked finally. So, I took it back out and this time made sure it was in the personal folder and now it installs - I had thought that the intermediate folder was what mattered.
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intermediate folder is for CA certs.  Personal folder under Local Machine is where IIS is going to look.  that shouldn't cause a revoked message, so replacing the cert and placing it in the correct area were both parts of the solution

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