How to Create an X.509 Certificate

- J.D. Meier, Carlos Farre, Jason Taylor, Prashant Bansode, Steve Gregersen, Madhu Sundararajan, Rob Boucher

You may need to create an X.509 certificate to aid in development and debugging of your WCF service. Temporary certificates are easier to generate and cost less money than a certificate issued by a trusted certificate authority so they are well suited for a development environment.

To create a temporary X.509 certificate in development environment use the MakeCert utility. In a production environment use an X.509 certificate issued by a Certificate Authority such as VeriSign.

Note: Do not use temporary development certificates in a production environment as this will open your communication channel to malicious spoofing, sniffing and tampering.

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Last edited Jun 13, 2008 at 6:37 PM by prashantbansode, version 1

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