GoDaddy/Starfield cert problems...

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Checking the archives, I've seen some mixed reactions to these SSL
certs. I'm in the midst of trying to get one set up in a shared hosting
environment. It looks like it's all setup. I have several browsers which
already have Starfield setup as an intermediate, and none of them
complain when they go to my site, as expected. (I'm testing windows
versions of both FF and IE. The webserver is apache on red hat.)

A couple browsers don't recognize the intermediate certificate at all
and complain that "this is a site you've chosen not to trust". (I love
that wording. Couldn't they say, "you haven't YET chosen to trust?" It's
almost like the person has specifically blacklisted it.)

Another browser which didn't have Starfield listed paused for a while,
then looked like it was going to work. Except it then issued an error,
"Revocation information for the security certificate for this site is
not available." Afterwards, though, Starfield suddenly showed up on the
intermediate list, although the "revocation" error still pops up.

In a thread from May, someone said was set
up with one of these certs. To cross check my own setup, I tried the
same tests on this URL as my own. Guess what? Exact same results. The
"good" browsers displayed it. The bad browsers complained. And the
middle browser still churns for a while then delivers the message about
the missing revocation information.

I'm not sure what else to do at this point. Except maybe go buy a real


Any suggestions? Other experiences?


Re: GoDaddy/Starfield cert problems...

Coder Droid wrote:

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That would have been me. is a site I did for
one of my clients, and it's an SSL certificate I sold him. So I'm very
interested in getting details from you (in particular, which browsers you
were having problems with.)

Email me offlist, please. I don't munge my address on Usenet, so you can
just reply directly to this message. I may even be able to help fix your
problem, whether it's an issue with the certificate or the web server.

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Re: GoDaddy/Starfield cert problems...

Replying to my own post. ALL the PCs that previously complained about
the certificate, no longer do. Halfway between disturbed and ecstatic, I
fired off instant messages to another two virgin browsers and had them
try the link. BAM. Security warning.

So then it hit me: they all started working after I visited . So perhaps something setup correctly THERE
got Starfield set up correctly everywhere for me. I fired off another IM
to another innocent victim ... er, friend of mine. I said: go to my
site. He did. Security warning. I said go look at some dirty linen. He
did. No problems. He went back to my site. Guess what? No security

So I guess it's something on my web server...

Damn this is frustrating.


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