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Event ID:  36885 - Schannel

Posted on 2013-12-12
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My event system log is filling up with the following errors:

Log Name:      System
Source:        Schannel
Date:          12/12/2013 7:40:12 AM
Event ID:      36885
Task Category: None
Level:         Warning
Keywords:      
User:          SYSTEM
Computer:      SDCHM400.corp.birkeys.com
Description:
When asking for client authentication, this server sends a list of trusted certificate authorities to the client. The client uses this list to choose a client certificate that is trusted by the server. Currently, this server trusts so many certificate authorities that the list has grown too long. This list has thus been truncated. The administrator of this machine should review the certificate authorities trusted for client authentication and remove those that do not really need to be trusted.


One of the fixes is to go through the Trusted Root Certification Authorities and remove any hosts that are not needed.  How do I determine what hosts can be removed?  

Is there an alternative fix to this?  I have to be careful as the Exchange server certificates are installed on this machine.
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Question by:rudnicke
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by:Cris Hanna
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Any chance you're using Iphones and SBS (or a self signed cert?)
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by:rudnicke
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We are using iPhones but not SBS.  We did have a self signed cert in the beginning, but we now have a cert from Godaddy to handle Exchange access.
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I see this all the time on my customers SBS servers where they are using Self Signed Certs.  Unfortunately the iPhone doesn't' require the phone to use SSL to make the connection to Exchange.  

If you're not getting complaints from users, I'd simply ignore it.
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cantoris earned 100 total points
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This can be caused by installing the Trusted Roots Certificates updates on a server whereas it's only designed for clients.

If you look at the list of trusted roots you'll see all kinds of foreign ones you've never heard of.  If you're not visiting sites that are in those countries then those would seem a good place to start reducing the total number!
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