Solved

MS-Office and "Always trust macros from this publisher" with a renewal certificate

Posted on 2011-02-14
3
635 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
My digital certificate just expired so I got a new one (a "renewal", but it's not really a renewal). The publisher name and all information is exactly what it was before.

Users of my Excel add-in are having to check "Always trust macros from this publisher" again, even though they had the previously signed (and trusted) macro installed. Am I correct in assuming that Office doesn't really track the publisher, but the whole certificate?

If that assumption is correct, does anyone know a way to get a certificate issued that would be in keeping with the already trusted publisher on file?
0
Comment
Question by:mitchvincent
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
3 Comments
 
LVL 10

Accepted Solution

by:
XL-Dennis earned 500 total points
ID: 34898813
Hi,

I've been using digital commercial certificates for the last 6-7 years or so let me try to clear some mud here.

I have raised the same questions as You do and the explanation seems to be that:
a) each certificate is valid to use for a limited time
b) each certificate is bound to a specific publisher

If b) is changed, the company changes it names or address, then no matter of a) we must buy a new certificate. When a) expires we must, no matter of b), buy a new certificate. As You also have found out it's not to renewal a certificate it's to buy a new certificate.

Suppose we could get a real renewal of the present certificate what would be the consequence(s) of it? It would exist two versions of the certificate that is solutions will include either the first or the second version of it. I guess this is the real issue here which the present security paradigm is not able to handle.

So far I haven't found any vendor that offer what You are asking for so the answer will be no.
0
 
LVL 24

Expert Comment

by:broomee9
ID: 35221195
This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
0

Featured Post

Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Introduction This Article briefly covers methods of calculating the NPV and IRR variants in Excel as well as the limitations in calculating and interpreting IRR results. Paraphrasing Richard Shockley, author of my favourite finance reference tex…
Excel can be a tricky bit of software to get your head around. Whilst you’ll be able to eventually get to grips with the basic understanding of how to get by, there are a few Excel tips that not everybody will even know about let alone know how to d…
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates in Microsoft Excel how to consolidate your marketing data by creating an interactive charts using form controls. This creates cool drop-downs for viewers of your chart to choose from.
This Micro Tutorial well show you how to find and replace special characters in Microsoft Word. This is similar to carriage returns to convert columns of values from Microsoft Excel into comma separated lists.

710 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question