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Getting Certificates Instructions — Mozilla Firefox

Instructions

  1. Install CSAIL Master CA from this link.
  2. Set a password in your browser for certificate storage by following the instructions below. This is important so that your certificate isn't stored unencrypted on disk in your home directory.
  3. Generate and install your CSAIL client certificate at this link. You'll have to type your CSAIL Kerberos password; make sure you don't let Firefox save it.


Troubleshooting

If you are experiencing strange issues, this could be caused by old or corrupt certificates. Please delete your CSAIL Client and Master Certificate Authority in order to redo the certificate install process. To begin, start Firefox and go to "Preferences" -> "Advanced" -> "Certificates" ("Encryption" on Mac and GNU/Linux on Firefox 22 and below) -> "View Certificates." Under the "Your Certificates" tab, highlight your MIT CSAIL Client Certificate and press the delete button in the menu below to delete it. Then, select the "Authorities" tab in the same Certificate Manager and locate the CSAIL Master Certificate Authority. Select the item and press the "Delete or Distrust..." button in the menu below.

Here are picture tutorials for Windows 7, Mac, and GNU/Linux:

Resetting the "software security device" password

  • If you've forgotten/misplaced the master password that guards your certificates, Firefox offers a way to reset that password. Use this as a last resort, as all information the password protects will be lost after it's reset.
  • Copy and paste this URL into your Address Bar: chrome://pippki/content/resetpassword.xul
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