Active Directory Certificate Server - CLR Distribution Points


  • I have a certificated created by our AD Team and it has a problem.

    When the certificate is used from IE11 it works.  But when used by a vendors .Net Application if fails - looking like the certificate has been revoked.

    I'm not conversant in how CRLs should look for this so I've pasted it in here.

    The part that seems odd to me is the /// on the ldap.

    Any thoughts???

    [1]CRL Distribution Point

         Distribution Point Name:

              Full Name:



    Friday, March 24, 2017 6:08 PM

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  • Is the vendor on a domain joined machine?  I assume they are external or not on domain.  The CRL is in your AD domain and the vendors machine does not trust your CA.  If that scenario is correct, they need to setup trust to your Root CA (import your certificate onto their machine)
    Friday, March 24, 2017 6:42 PM
  • As Vaadadmin2010 said, your CRL Distribution Point (CDP) is configured only in your Active Directory.  If your vendor cannot access your Active Directory because they are not domain join, they can't have access to the CRL.

    If your vendor try to use a certificate that is published by your internal Cert. Authority, you need to publish the CRL so they will be able to access it.

    How long the Base CRL (or the Full) is the validity period ?

    Do you publish Delta CRL as well ? What is the refresh time ?

    You could change the CDP to add a public web site so in that case, your vendor will be able to access the CRL.  But, if you modify the CDP, the modification will only appear on certificates that will be issues after the modification.  You you have already issued certificates, you will have to issue those certificates (unless you keep the old path like ldap://... and you add a new path like http://...)

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    Saturday, March 25, 2017 1:23 AM
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    Friday, March 31, 2017 9:19 AM
  • Okay, so IE11 and the Application is hosted in the same domain?

    The path /// is correct and nothing odd in that.

    Also, if your IE don't have the revocation checks disabled, that means the CRL path is accessible and working as expected.

    Now, my question is do you have any alternate path like http also configured for CDP and AIA?

    Does you vendor application is aware of CRL validation? Have you checked what path or how the application is trying to complete the CRL validation?

    There should be an event getting logged in Application event log at the time of the failure. Can you paste that here?

    For CRL validation to work, the basic thing you need to check is, make sure the CDP and AIA path is accessible from wherever you are trying.

    Another option will be to disable CRL validation which is not recommended.

    Please mark this as answer if it resolves your issue

    Friday, March 31, 2017 10:13 AM