CertCentral: DigiCert KeyGen, our new key generation service
DigiCert is happy to announce our new key generation service—KeyGen. Use KeyGen to generate and install your client and code signing certificates from your browser. KeyGen can be used on macOS and Windows and is supported by all major browsers.
With KeyGen, you don't need to generate a CSR to order your client and code signing certificates. Place your order without a CSR. Then after we process the order and your certificate is ready, DigiCert sends a "Generate your Certificate" email with instructions on using KeyGen to get your certificate.
How does KeyGen work?
KeyGen generates a keypair and then uses the public key to create a certificate signing request (CSR). KeyGen sends the CSR to DigiCert, and DigiCert sends the certificate back to KeyGen. Then KeyGen downloads a PKCS12 (.p12) file to your desktop that contains the certificate and the private key. The password you create during the certificate generation process protects the PKCS12 file. When you use the password to open the certificate file, the certificate gets installed in your personal certificate store.
To learn more about generating client and code signing certificates from your browser, see the following instructions:
Improved client certificate process
We improved the client certificate process, enabling you to cancel client certificate orders in an Emailed to Recipient state—orders that are waiting for the email recipient to generate and install the client certificate in one of the supported browsers.
Note: Previously, when a client certificate was in an Emailed to Recipient state, you had to contact support to cancel the order.
Now, if you need to cancel a client certificate order in the Emailed to Recipient state, go to the client certificate's Order details page and in the Certificate Actions dropdown list, select Cancel Order. See Cancel pending client certificate orders.
CertCentral Services API: Improved client certificate process
In the DigiCert Services API, we updated the Update order status endpoint enabling you to cancel client certificate orders in a waiting_pickup state—orders that are waiting for the email recipient to generate and install the client certificate in one of the supported browsers.
Note: Previously, when a client certificate was in a waiting_pickup state, you received a forbidden error and had to contact support to cancel the order.
Now, you can use the Update order status endpoint to cancel a client certificate order in the waiting_pickup state.
Firefox ending key generation support
With the release of Firefox 69, Firefox will finally drop support for Keygen. Firefox uses Keygen to facilitate generating key material for submitting the public key when generating Code Signing, Client, and SMIME certificates in their browser.
Note: Chrome already dropped support for key generation, and Edge and Opera never supported it.
How does this affect you?
After DigiCert issues your Code Signing, Client, or SMIME certificates, we send you an email with a link to create and install your certificate.
Once Firefox 69 is released, you can only use two browsers to generate these certificates: Internet Explorer and Safari. If company policy requires the use of Firefox, you can use Firefox ESR or a portable copy of Firefox.
For more information, see Keygen support to be dropped with Firefox 69.
Tips and tricks
We added a new status, Emailed to Recipient, to the Orders and Order Details pages, for Code Signing and Client certificate orders, making it easier to identify where these orders are in the issuance process.
This new status indicates the DigiCert has validated the order, and the certificate is waiting for the user/email recipient to generate it in one of the supported browsers: IE 11, Safari, Firefox 68, and portable Firefox.
(In the sidebar menu, click Certificates > Orders. Then, on the Orders page, click the order number for the Code Signing or Client certificate order.)
We updated our Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing (CS) and Document Signing (DS) certificate reissue processes, enabling you to reissue these certificates without automatically revoking the current certificate (original or previously reissued certificate).
Note: If you don't need the current certificate (original or previously reissued certificate), you'll need to contact support so they can revoke it for you.
Now, the next time you reissue an EV CS or DS certificate, you can keep the previously issued certificate active to its current validity period (or for as long as you need it).