7.10. Testing Publishing to Files

To verify that the Certificate Manager is publishing certificates and CRLs correctly to file:
  1. Open the CA's end-entities page, and request a certificate.
  2. Approve the request through the agent services page, if required.
  3. Retrieve the certificate from the end-entities page, and download the certificate into the browser.
  4. Check whether the server generated the DER-encoded file containing the certificate.
    Open the directory to which the binary blob of the certificate is supposed to be published. The certificate file should be named cert-serial_number.der.
  5. Convert the DER-encoded certificate to its base 64-encoded format using the Binary to ASCII tool. For more information on this tool, refer to the BtoA(1) man page.
    BtoA input_file output_file
    input_file sets the path to the file that contains the DER-encoded certificate, and output_file sets the path to the file to write the base-64 encoded certificate.
  6. Open the ASCII file; the base-64 encoded certificate is similar to the one shown:
    -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
    MMIIBtgYJYIZIAYb4QgIFoIIBpzCCAZ8wggGbMIIBRaADAgEAAgEBMA0GCSqGSIb3DQEBBAUAMFcxC
    AJBgNVBAYTAlVTMSwwKgYDVQQKEyNOZXRzY2FwZSBDb21tdW5pY2F0aWhfyyuougjgjjgmkgjkgmjg
    fjfgjjjgfyjfyj9ucyBDb3Jwb3JhdGlvbjpMEaMBgGA1UECxMRSXNzdWluZyhgdfhbfdpffjphotoo
    gdhkBBdXRob3JpdHkwHhcNOTYxMTA4MDkwNzM0WhcNOTgxMTA4MDkwNzMM0WjBXMQswCQYDVQQGEwJ
    VUzEsMCoGA1UEChMjTmV0c2NhcGUgQ29tbXVuaWNhdGlvbnMgQ29ycG9yY2F0aW9ucyBDb3Jwb3Jhd
    GlvbjpMEaMBgGA1UECxMRSXNzdWluZyBBdXRob3JpdHkwHh
    -----END CERTIFICATE-----
  7. Convert the base 64-encoded certificate to a readable form using the Pretty Print Certificate tool. For more information on this tool, refer to the PrettyPrintCert(1) man page.
    PrettyPrintCert input_file [output_file]
    input_file sets the path to the ASCII file that contains the base-64 encoded certificate, and output_file, optionally, sets the path to the file to write the certificate. If an output file is not set, the certificate information is written to the standard output.
  8. Compare the output with the certificate issued; check the serial number in the certificate with the one used in the filename.
    If everything matches, the Certificate Manager is configured correctly to publish certificates to file.
  9. Revoke the certificate.
  10. Check whether the server generated the DER-encoded file containing the CRL.
    Open the directory to which the server is to publish the CRL as a binary blob. The CRL file should have a name in the form crl-this_update.der. this_update specifies the value derived from the time-dependent This Update variable of the CRL.
  11. Convert the DER-encoded CRL to its base 64-encoded format using the Binary to ASCII tool.
    BtoA input_file output_file
  12. Convert the base 64-encoded CRL to readable form using the Pretty Print CRL tool.
    PrettyPrintCrl input_file [output_file]
  13. Compare the output.