Some home users were reporting problems entering an SSL enabled site
after upgrading to IE7 (they are on XP).
In order to try and replicate what they were seeing, I decided to use
the IE7 installed on my Vista box at home, but some strange things are
When I fire up IE7, it loads my home page www.w3c.org
, but at the foot
of the screen it says I'm in the Internet zone and "protected mode :
off", that's odd because if I go into Internet Options, then the
Security tab, it says protected mode is "on" for the Internet zone!
What's going on?
I then decided to try the SSL enabled site, it thew up a page saying
there was a problem with the Certificate, you can either close the web
page or "continue", BUT, how can I view the Certificate it says there's
a problem with, WITHOUT clicking Continue? It seems I have to click
continue BEFORE I can examine the certificate - CATCH 22!
I then clicked Continue, and now it DOES let me examine the certificate
by double clicking on the security warning box next to the address bar.
The issue with the certificate is strange; the target website
certificate itself is fine, but the "issuer" part of the certificate
path (which is Verisign) says it's expired! I'm seeing this in the
properties screen where you can view the Certificate Path.
IE6 SP1 and Mozilla both say the certificate is fine, but they only look
at the child part, not the whole path.
As far as I remember all Vista and IE settings are on their defaults.
Gerry Hickman (London UK)