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# Wednesday, 02 September 2009

I often have to diagnose CA 'misbehaviours' and its even more often when I have to lookup where the hell the logfiles are and hor to enable the logging. So a bit of googelingbinging and found this

Certification Authority Settings

  • Enable Certificate Services Debug Logging by running the following commands on the CA:
    certutil.exe -f -setreg ca\debug 0xffffffff
    Net Stop Certsvc && Net Start Certsvc
  • The following log files will be created:
    %SystemRoot%\certsrv.log (Certsrv.exe) Certificate Services
    %SystemRoot%\certutil.log (Certutil.exe)
    %SystemRoot%\certreq.log (Certreq.exe)
    %SystemRoot%\certmmc.log (Certmmc.dll) Certificate Services MMC snap-in
    %SystemRoot%\certocm.log (Certocm.dll) Certificate Services Setup

take a look, there are is more useful information there...


Ah, and if you use CLM/FIM this might be of interest as well:

Wednesday, 02 September 2009 20:49:27 (Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit, UTC+02:00)  #    -
CLM | Tracing | CA
# Sunday, 19 July 2009

Matt Atkers has a nice Post on how to reboot your Zune:

It has worked on my first Zune, but for my 80G device I'm still trying to figure out to get rid of the Screens 5 and 3.
Sunday, 19 July 2009 20:10:04 (Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit, UTC+02:00)  #    -
# Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Sometime you need to get the integer value (or combination of values) for the Key Usage (i.e. for use in CertReq.EXE's INF files)

This is X509 Certificate Key Usage as defined in .NET:

Key Usage Description
0x0000 None
0x0001 EncipherOnly
0x0002 CrlSign
0x0004 KeyCertSign
0x0008 KeyAgreement
0x0010 DataEncipherment
0x0020 KeyEncipherment
0x0040 NonRepudiation
0x0080 DigitalSignature
0x8000 DecipherOnly

Of course it can be a combination of values :-)

To get it out of a certificate use this snippet (certificate is a valid X509Certificate2 object):

// either "Key Usage" or the OID "" can be used here
string keyUsageOID = "";

X509KeyUsageExtension keyUsageExtension = certificate.Extensions[keyUsageOID] as X509KeyUsageExtension;

if (keyUsageExtension != null)
   Console.WriteLine("Key Usage is 0x{0:x4}, {1}",

      // test for signature 
      bool hasSignatureKeyUsage = (keyUsageExtension.KeyUsages & X509KeyUsageFlags.DigitalSignature) == X509KeyUsageFlags.DigitalSignature;
      // just for fun: test for CRL signing too
      bool hasCrlSignKeyUsage = (keyUsageExtension.KeyUsages & X509KeyUsageFlags.CrlSign) == X509KeyUsageFlags.CrlSign;
// either Enhanced Key Usage or the OID
string enhancedKeyUsageOID = "";

X509EnhancedKeyUsageExtension enhancedkeyUsageExtension = certificate.Extensions[enhancedKeyUsageOID] as X509EnhancedKeyUsageExtension;

if (enhancedkeyUsageExtension != null)
   foreach (Oid oid in enhancedkeyUsageExtension.EnhancedKeyUsages)
      Console.WriteLine("Enhanced Key Usage is {0} ({1})",
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 09:51:50 (Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit, UTC+02:00)  #    -
C# | Certificates
# Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Alejandro Campos Magencio has written a nice post on how to import a certificate without user interaction:

It is built around CryptUIWizImport which is described here:

Be sure to check all flags available:


Value Meaning

This function will perform the import based on the information in the CRYPTUI_WIZ_IMPORT_SRC_INFO structure pointed to by pImportSrc into the store specified by hDestCertStore without displaying any user interface. If this flag is not specified, this function will display a wizard to guide the user through the import process.


Suppress all user interfaces generated by cryptographic service providers (CSPs). This option can be overridden by the CRYPTUI_WIZ_NO_UI_EXCEPT_CSP option.


Suppress all user interfaces except those generated by CSPs. This option overrides the CRYPTUI_WIZ_IGNORE_NO_UI_FLAG_FOR_CSPS option.


Allow certificates to be imported.


Allow CRLs to be imported.


Allow CTLs to be imported.


Do not allow the user to change the destination certificate store represented by the hDestCertStore parameter.


Import the object to the certificate store for the local computer. This applies only to Personal Information Exchange (PFX) imports.


Import the object to the certificate store for the current user. This applies only to PFX imports.


Import the object to a remote certificate store. Set this flag if the hDestCertStore parameter represents a remote certificate store.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 20:04:39 (Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit, UTC+02:00)  #    -
C# | CAPI | Certificates
# Friday, 15 May 2009

First you need to enable the CA to accept SAN requests by changing the registry:

certutil -setreg policy\EditFlags +EDITF_ATTRIBUTESUBJECTALTNAME2

An nice description on how to enable SAN's on a MS CA can be found here.

I used that as a base to request WebServer certificates with certreq, but I had to remove the EncipherOnly line and I changed the Exportable flag to true in the INF file:

Signature="$Windows NT$

Subject = ""   
; must be the FQDN of domain controller
; EncipherOnly = FALSE
Exportable = TRUE         
; TRUE = Private key is exportable
KeyLength = 1024          
; Common key sizes: 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16384
KeySpec = 1               ; Key Exchange
KeyUsage = 0xA0          
; Digital Signature, Key Encipherment
MachineKeySet = True
ProviderName = "Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider"
ProviderType = 12
RequestType = CMC

; Omit entire section if CA is an enterprise CA
OID= ; Server Authentication

CertificateTemplate = WebServer
;Omit  line if CA is a stand-alone CA


The complete INF file syntax used by certreq can be found here:

EncipherOnly seems not to work in my 2008 environment or some other flags made that invalid.


In addition on creating the request, I specified the CA on the certreq commandline:

certreq -new request.inf certnew.req
certreq -config mycaserver\myca -submit certnew.req certnew.cer

the last line outputs the requestid needed for the next certreq command. Then, on the ca, issue the certificate if it is not automatically issued (depends on the template used).
after that you can retrieve & accept the the certificate:

certreq -config mycaserver\myca -retrieve myidreturendfromsubmitcommand certnew.cer
certreq -accept certnew.cer

After that, you have a certificate with multiple SAN's in your computers machine store (we specified MachineKeySet) which can be used in IIS.

Just to mention:

It's easy to add multiple Websites to IIS using hostheaders, but if you want to use SSL on those sites you have to add the SSL binding. The easiest i found was using the commandline. the commands depend on the version of your IIS.


cscript.exe c:\inetpub\adminscripts\adsutil.vbs set /w3svc/mysiteid/SecureBindings ":443:myhostheader"

The hostheader is pretty obvious, and the mysiteid can be found when you click on the WebSites node in the IIS manager (Its the Identifier column).


appcmd set site /"mysite" /+bindings.[protocol='https',bindingInformation='*:443:myhostheader]

Friday, 15 May 2009 10:00:26 (Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit, UTC+02:00)  #    -
Authentication | Certificates | IIS
# Saturday, 09 May 2009
Ever wanted to test your Anti-Virus program?
Use the Anti-Virus Test File from the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research (Eicar).
Saturday, 09 May 2009 19:35:52 (Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit, UTC+02:00)  #    -
anything else
# Thursday, 07 May 2009
If you need to zip a file or files you can use the java zip utilities supplied with VS.
All you have to do is to add vjslib.dll and vjslibcws.dll .net assemblies as project references.
They are present whe you install Visual J#. It can easily handle multiple files.
// ZIP Test
string inputFileName = @"C:\test.txt";
string zipFileName = Path.ChangeExtension(inputFileName, "ZIP"
string zipEntryName = Path
FileOutputStream fileStream = new
ZipOutputStream outputStream = new
FileInputStream inputStream = new
ZipEntry zipEntry = new
sbyte[] buffer = new sbyte
bytes = 0;
((bytes =, 0, buffer.Length)) > 0)
   outputStream.write(buffer, 0, bytes);

This was a nice try, but J# has been removed from VS2008.
To enable your application for ZIPs use dotnetzip:
... or you may want to look at the OPC packaging API at
Thursday, 07 May 2009 19:29:30 (Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit, UTC+02:00)  #    -
C# | OPC
# Wednesday, 06 May 2009

dasBlog is great, but it uses an older version of the nice freeTextbox to edit the posts.

This little editor provides great enhancments for editing and formatting, and IE8 is known from Version 3.2.0, but thats not the version we are using in dasBlog.
Luckily IE8 has a 'Compatibility View' setting, which defines a list of websites that will receive the old (IE7) user-agent string.


Image: Tools->Compatibility View Settings

If you own the website, you can set the compat mode using a meta-tag:

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=7" />

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 12:38:58 (Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit, UTC+02:00)  #    -
anything else
# Sunday, 03 May 2009
So, this weekend I completed the move from simpleBlog to dasBlog, changing technology from PHP (which was good) to ASP.NET which is more suitable.
The content has to be migrated too, which will follow on one of the next weekends.

Sunday, 03 May 2009 10:07:55 (Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit, UTC+02:00)  #    -
anything else
# Saturday, 02 May 2009
Coding conventions are for whimps :-)
I like that:
It's written for JAVA :-), but it matches other languages like C# too.
Brad Adams writes on how to make it better ><
Saturday, 02 May 2009 19:26:56 (Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit, UTC+02:00)  #    -
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