Solved

Help with digital certificate for Clickonce technology

Posted on 2016-08-09
4
38 Views
Last Modified: 2016-08-13
Hi,

How do you obtain a digital certificate at no cost?

Thanks,

Victor
0
Comment
Question by:vcharles
[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
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 85
ID: 41750161
You could create a self-certificate, but that doesn't really do you much good if you are distributing this in the wild.

There are some free options out there, but I'm not sure how well they work, and most seem to be geared towards open-source projects.

If you truly need a code signing certificate then it's prudent to purchase one. There are many resellers out there who will provide one for approximately $100 USD/year. Note those are typically resold Comodo certs, but they work.

I got mine from Digicert, after using this link for a deep discount:

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/hh801887%28v=vs.85%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

Go to the section titled "Step 2: Buy a new code signing certificate", and select the "Buy a DigiCert standard code signing certificate" in either the Standard or Extended sections. This will take you to the a page offering a 50% discount for the certificate on the Digicert site.
0
 

Author Comment

by:vcharles
ID: 41752302
Hi,

I looked at the link but don't see how is it included with Visual Studio to use with Clickonce technology , do you know another link that shows how to use a digital certificate with clickonce technology?

Thanks,

Victor
0
 
LVL 85

Accepted Solution

by:
Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE ) earned 500 total points
ID: 41752456
That link is just to purchase a certificate, which is what you asked. As mentioned earlier, there may be some free certificates out there, but ClickOnce deployment only works with particular types of certificates, and odds are the ones you could get for free would not do the job. After all, the reason you use a code signing certificate is so that your users can be relatively certain the code is from a reliable source. Using a free certificate, which requires little to no verification, doesn't really do that.

To sign your Clickonce deployments, open the My Project page, then select the Signing item on the left side listing. Select you .pfx file using the "Select From File", and then continue to create your ClickOnce deployment. VS will use the Certificate you selected in the Signing section when creating your installer.
0
 

Author Comment

by:vcharles
ID: 41753028
Ok. I think I got it. I need to make sure the cerificaye purchased can be used with clickonce technology and use the steps in your last paragraph to use the certificate. Will reseaech certificates which can be used with clickonce.
Thanks.
0

Featured Post

How To Reduce Deployment Times With Pre-Baked AMIs

Even if we can't include all the files in the base image, we can sometimes include some of the larger files that we would otherwise have to download, and we can also sometimes remove the most time-consuming steps. This can help a lot with reducing deployment times.

Question has a verified solution.

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

This article describes relatively difficult and non-obvious issues that are likely to arise when creating COM class in Visual Studio and deploying it by professional MSI-authoring tools. It is assumed that the reader is already familiar with the cla…
If you need to start windows update installation remotely or as a scheduled task you will find this very helpful.
Visualize your data even better in Access queries. Given a date and a value, this lesson shows how to compare that value with the previous value, calculate the difference, and display a circle if the value is the same, an up triangle if it increased…
Sometimes it takes a new vantage point, apart from our everyday security practices, to truly see our Active Directory (AD) vulnerabilities. We get used to implementing the same techniques and checking the same areas for a breach. This pattern can re…

635 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