Certificate problems - URGENT HELP APPRECIATED

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Certificate problems - URGENT HELP APPRECIATED

Postby blackshadow » 18. July 2007 10:39

I recently uninstalled XAMPP for Windows and today when I tried to access www.paypal.com I ran into a problem getting a "Server Certificate Expired" error and being unable to access PayPal. The Certificate states the Organisation Unit is XAMPP for Windows. It does the same in IE6, IE7 and FireFox 2.

I tried reinstalling XAMPP and still had the same problem.

I tried removing all certificates but couldn't find this one to remove and the problem remains.

Can anyone suggest a fix? (I am running Windows XP Home SP2).

TIA Richard.
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Postby blackshadow » 22. July 2007 11:46

Anyone got any ideas on this one? Any idea where I might find the certificate stored on my computer so I can delete it?
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Postby ldivinag » 22. July 2007 12:56

did you try to clear the caches?
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Postby blackshadow » 22. July 2007 13:06

Thanks Leo but I have tried clearing the cache and it doesn't fix the problem (in both IE and Firefox).

I get and object not found error page if I cancel the certificate with a contact webmaster message and the email address that is generated when I click on that is admin@localhost
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Re: Certificate problems - URGENT HELP APPRECIATED

Postby Eric Pement » 23. July 2007 16:47

blackshadow wrote:I recently uninstalled XAMPP for Windows and today when I tried to access www.paypal.com I ran into a problem getting a "Server Certificate Expired" error and being unable to access PayPal. The Certificate states the Organisation Unit is XAMPP for Windows. It does the same in IE6, IE7 and FireFox 2.

I tried reinstalling XAMPP and still had the same problem.

I tried removing all certificates but couldn't find this one to remove and the problem remains.

Can anyone suggest a fix? (I am running Windows XP Home SP2).

I don't know what to do exactly, but here's a place to start. Go to "c:/Program Files/xampp/apache/conf" and if you have a grep-like program installed on your system, try this:

grep -ir "server certificate" *

I found that in the file "extra/httpd-ssl.conf", there is a directive to turn SSL off in XAMPP. That might do it. I would also check other mentions of this string in the apache/conf folder hierarchy. HTH.
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Postby blackshadow » 23. July 2007 17:02

Thanks Eric - but the folder no longer exists as I have uninstalled XAMPP.
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Postby Eric Pement » 23. July 2007 19:08

blackshadow wrote:Thanks Eric - but the folder no longer exists as I have uninstalled XAMPP.

Assuming you have not removed Internet Explorer, can you find the certificate by this method? Open up Internet Explorer and navigate to:

Tools > Internet Options > Content > Certificates

and see if the XAMPP certificate is listed under one of the Certification Authorities or under one of the other tabs. (I have no XAMPP certs on my system, but I haven't tried to use SSL or anything like it on my local installation.) Now, whether to delete it or to modify its properties ... I cannot answer that. It would be nice if you could renew it somehow.
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Postby blackshadow » 28. July 2007 00:50

Eric Pement wrote:
blackshadow wrote:Thanks Eric - but the folder no longer exists as I have uninstalled XAMPP.

Assuming you have not removed Internet Explorer, can you find the certificate by this method? Open up Internet Explorer and navigate to:

Tools > Internet Options > Content > Certificates

and see if the XAMPP certificate is listed under one of the Certification Authorities or under one of the other tabs. (I have no XAMPP certs on my system, but I haven't tried to use SSL or anything like it on my local installation.) Now, whether to delete it or to modify its properties ... I cannot answer that. It would be nice if you could renew it somehow.


Thanks for trying Eric - it's not listed unfortunately and I am scratching my head about what to do next.
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