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Discovery now available in all CertCentral accounts

We are happy to announce that all existing CertCentral accounts now include Discovery, our newest and most robust certificate discovery tool.

Note: For those who were using Certificate Inspector, Discovery replaces our long time DigiCert tool, Certificate Inspector.

By default, Discovery includes Cloud scan and a Sensor scan trial with a 100-certificate limit.

Cloud scan

Cloud scan uses a cloud-based sensor, so there is nothing to install or manage. You can start scanning immediately to find all your public facing SSL/TLS certificates regardless of issuing Certificate Authority (CA). Cloud-scan runs once every 24 hours.

Sensor scan

Sensor scan is our most robust version of Discovery. It uses sensors to scan your network to quickly find all your internal and public facing SSL/TLS certificates regardless of the issuing Certificate Authority (CA). Discovery also identifies problems in certificate configurations and implementations along with certificate-related vulnerabilities or problems in your endpoint configurations.

Scans are centrally configured and managed from inside your CertCentral account. Scan results are displayed in an intuitive and interactive dashboard inside CertCentral. Configure scans to run once or multiple times on a set schedule.

  • To learn how to install a sensor and start scanning your SSL/TLS certificate landscape, see Discovery user guide.
  • To continue to use Sensor scan after the trial period is over, please contact your account manager or our Support team.

Discovery audit logs

Discovery has added a new feature—Discovery Audit Logs—allowing you to track Discovery-related activities in your CertCentral account. These audit logs provide insight into user activity enabling you to see areas where training may be required, reconstruct events to troubleshoot problems, detect misuse, and discover problem areas.

To make it easier to sort through the information in the Discover audit logs, we've include several filters:

  • Date range
  • Division
  • User
  • IP Address
  • Actions
    (e.g., void sensor, delete scan, etc.)

To access the Discovery Audit Log, in your CertCentral account, in the left main menu, go to Account > Audit Logs. On the Audit Logs page, click Discovery Audit Logs.


Discovery language support

As we work to globalize our product offerings and make our websites, platforms, and documentation more accessible, we are happy to announce that we've added language support to Discovery in CertCentral.

Now, when configuring your language preference in CertCentral, Discovery is included in the configuration.

To configure your language preference

In your account, in the top right corner, in the "your name" drop-down list, select My Profile. On the Profile Settings page, in the Language dropdown, select a language and click Save Changes.

See CertCentral language preferences.


Bug fix: DV certificate orders did not honor Submit base domains for validation account setting

We fixed a bug in the DV certificate domain control validation (DCV) process where DV certificate orders did not adhere to the Submit base domains for validation account setting.

Note: For DV certificate orders, you were required to validate the domain exactly as named in the order.

Now, DV certificate orders honor the Submit base domains for validation account setting, allowing you to validate your subdomains at the base domain level on your DV certificate orders.

To view the Domain Validation Scope settings in your account, go to Settings > Preferences. On the Division preferences page, expand +Advanced Settings. The Domain Validation Scope settings are in the Domain Control Validation (DCV) section.


Industry standards compliance reminder

For public and private certificates, Certificate Authorities (CAs) don't accept abbreviations for these parts of an address in your certificate orders or organization pre-validation requests:

  • State or Province*
  • City or Locality*

*This applies to organization and jurisdiction addresses.


We made it easier to define the domain validation scope for your account when submitting your domains for validation (pre-validation or via certificate orders).

On the Division Preferences page, we added two domain validation scope options:

  • Submit exact domain names for validation
    With this option, requests for new domains are submitted for validation exactly as named (i.e., request for is submitted for validation exactly as Validation for the “higher level” domain (e.g., also works. This is the default behavior for CertCentral.
  • Restrict validation to base domain only
    This option allows you to restrict domain validation to the base domain (e.g., For request that include new subdomains (e.g.,, we only accept domain validation for the base domain (e.g., Validation for the subdomain (e.g., won’t work.

To configure the domain validation scope for your account, in the sidebar menu, click Settings > Preferences. On the Division Preference page, expand Advanced Settings. In the Domain Control Validation (DCV) section, under Domain Validation Scope, you'll see the new settings.


We fixed a bug where we were limiting the maximum allowed number of SANS to 10 on Wildcard SSL certificate reissue and new certificate orders.

Now, when reissuing or ordering a new Wildcard SSL certificate, you can add up to 250 SANs.