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CertCentral to issue GeoTrust and RapidSSL DV certificates from new intermediate CA certificates

On May 24, 2022, between 9:00 am and 11:00 am MDT (3:00 pm and 5:00 pm UTC), DigiCert will replace the GeoTrust and RapidSSL intermediate CA (ICA) certificates listed below. We can no longer issue maximum validity (397-day) DV certificates from these intermediates.

Old ICA certificates

  • GeoTrust TLS DV RSA Mixed SHA256 2020 CA-1
  • GeoTrust TLS DV RSA Mixed SHA256 2021 CA-1
  • RapidSSL TLS DV RSA Mixed SHA256 2020 CA-1
  • RapidSSL TLS DV RSA Mixed SHA256 2021 CA-1

New ICA certificates

  • GeoTrust Global TLS RSA4096 SHA256 2022 CA1
  • RapidSSL Global TLS RSA4096 SHA256 2022 CA1

See the DigiCert ICA Update KB article.

How does this affect me?

Rolling out new ICA certificates does not affect your existing DV certificates. Active certificates issued from the replaced ICA certificates will remain trusted until they expire.

However, all new certificates, including certificate reissues, will be issued from the new ICA certificates. To ensure ICA certificate replacements go unnoticed, always include the provided ICA certificate with every TLS certificate you install.

No action is required unless you do any of the following:

  • Pin the old versions of the intermediate CA certificates
  • Hard code the acceptance of the old versions of the intermediate CA certificates
  • Operate a trust store that includes the old versions of the intermediate CA certificates

Action required

If you practice pinning, hard code acceptance, or operate a trust store, update your environment as soon as possible. You should stop pinning and hard coding ICA certificates or make the necessary changes to ensure your GeoTrust DV and RapidSSL DV certificates issued from the new ICA certificates are trusted. In other words, make sure they can chain up to their new ICA certificate and trusted root.

See the DigiCert Trusted Root Authority Certificates page to download copies of the new Intermediate CA certificates.

What if I need more time?

If you need more time to update your environment, you can continue to use the old 2020 ICA certificates until they expire. Contact DigiCert Support, and they can set that up for your account. However, after May 31, 2022, RapidSSL DV and GeoTrust DV certificates issued from the 2020 ICA certificates will be truncated to less than one year.

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Industry changes to file-based DCV (HTTP Practical Demonstration, file auth, file, HTTP token, and HTTP auth)

To comply with new industry standards for the file-based domain control validation (DCV) method, you can only use the file-based DCV to demonstrate control over fully qualified domain names (FQDNs), exactly as named.

To learn more about the industry change, see Domain validation policy changes in 2021.

How does this affect me?

As of November 16, 2021, you must use one of the other supported DCV methods, such as Email, DNS TXT, and CNAME, to:

  • Validate wildcard domains (*.example.com)
  • To include subdomains in the domain validation when validating the higher-level domain. For example, if you want to cover www.example.com, when you validate the higher-level domain, example.com.
  • Prevalidate entire domains and subdomains.

To learn more about the supported DCV method for DV, OV, and EV certificate requests:

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CertCentral: Pending certificate requests and domain prevalidation using file-based DCV

Pending certificate request

If you have a pending certificate request with incomplete file-based DCV checks, you may need to switch DCV methods* or use the file-based DCV method to demonstrate control over every fully qualified domain name, exactly as named, on the request.

*Note: For certificate requests with incomplete file-based DCV checks for wildcard domains, you must use a different DCV method.

To learn more about the supported DCV methods for DV, OV, and EV certificate requests:

Domain prevalidation

If you plan to use the file-based DCV method to prevalidate an entire domain or entire subdomain, you must use a different DCV method.

To learn more about the supported DCV methods for domain prevalidation, see Supported domain control validation (DCV) methods for domain prevalidation.

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CertCentral Services API

If you use the CertCentral Services API to order certificates or submit domains for prevalidation using file-based DCV (http-token), this change may affect your API integrations. To learn more, visit File-based domain control validation (http-token).

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Upcoming Schedule Maintenance

DigiCert will perform scheduled maintenance on November 6, 2021, between 22:00 – 24:00 MDT (November 7, 2021, between 04:00 – 06:00 UTC).


CertCentral infrastructure-related maintenance downtime

We will start this infrastructure-related maintenance between 22:00 and 22:10 MDT (04:00 and 04:10 UTC). Then, for approximately 30 minutes, the following services will be down:

DV certificate issuance for CertCentral, ACME, and ACME agent automation

  • DV certificate requests submitted during this time will fail
  • APIs will return a "cannot connect" error
  • Failed requests should be resubmitted after services are restored

CIS and SCEP

  • Certificate Issuing Service (CIS) will be down
  • Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP) will be down
  • DigiCert will be unable to issue certificates for CIS and SCEP
  • APIs will return a "cannot connect" error
  • Requests that return "cannot connect" errors should be resubmitted after services are restore

QuoVadis TrustLink certificate issuance

  • TrustLink certificate requests submitted during this time will fail
  • However, failed requests will be added to a queue for processing later
  • Queued-up requests will be processed after services are restored, as required

This maintenance only affects DV certificate issuance, CIS, SCEP, and TrustLink certificate issuance. It does not affect any other DigiCert platforms or services .


PKI Platform 8 maintenance

We will start the PKI Platform 8 maintenance at 22:00 MDT (04:00 UTC). Then, for approximately 30 minutes, the PKI Platform 8 will experience service delays and performance degradation that affect:

  • Signing in and using your PKI Platform 8 to perform in-console certificate lifecycle tasks.
  • Using any of your PKI Platform 8 corresponding APIs or protocols (for example, SOAP, REST, SCEP, and EST) to perform certificate lifecycle operations.
  • Performing certificate lifecycle tasks/operations:
    • Enrolling certificates: new, renew, or reissues
    • Adding domains and organizations
    • Submitting validation requests
    • Viewing reports, revoking certificates, and creating profiles
    • Adding users, viewing certificates, and downloading certificates
  • Certificate issuance for PKI Platform 8 and its corresponding API.

Additionally:

  • APIs will return a "cannot connect" error.
  • Certificate enrollments that receive "cannot connect" errors must be resubmitted after DigiCert restores services.

The PKI Platform 8 maintenance only affects PKI Platform 8. It does not affect any other DigiCert platforms or services.


Plan accordingly:

  • Schedule high-priority orders, renewals, and reissues before or after the maintenance window.
  • Expect interruptions if you use the APIs for immediate certificate issuance and automated tasks.
  • To get live maintenance updates, subscribe to the DigiCert Status page. This subscription includes email alerts for when maintenance begins and when it ends.
  • For scheduled maintenance dates and times, see DigiCert 2021 scheduled maintenance.

Services will be restored as soon as we complete the maintenance.

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CertCentral Services API: Auto-reissue support for Multi-year Plans

We are happy to announce that the CertCentral Services API now supports automatic certificate reissue requests (auto-reissue) for Multi-year Plans. The auto-reissue feature makes it easier to maintain SSL/TLS coverage on your Multi-year Plans.

You can enable auto-reissue for individual orders in your CertCentral account. When auto-reissue is enabled, we automatically create and submit a certificate reissue request 30 days before the most recently issued certificate on the order expires.

Enable auto-reissue for a new order

To give you control over the auto-reissue setting for new Multi-year Plans, we added a new request parameter to the endpoints for ordering DV, OV, and EV TLS/SSL certificates: auto_reissue.

By default, auto-reissue is disabled for all orders. To enable auto-reissue when you request a new Multi-year Plan, set the value of the auto_reissue parameter to 1 in the body of your request.

Example request body:

Example order request body with auto reissue enabled

Note: In new order requests, we ignore the auto_reissue parameter if:

  • The product does not support Multi-year Plans.
  • Multi-year Plans are disabled for the account.

Update auto-reissue setting for existing orders

To give you control over the auto-reissue setting for existing Multi-year Plans, we added a new endpoint: Update auto-reissue settings. Use this endpoint to enable or disable the auto-reissue setting for an order.

Get auto-reissue setting for an existing order

To help you track the auto-reissue setting for existing certificate orders, we added a new response parameter to the Order info endpoint: auto_reissue. The auto_reissue parameter returns the current auto-reissue setting for the order.

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ICA certificate chain selection for public DV flex certificates

We are happy to announce that select public DV certificates now support Intermediate CA certificate chain selection:

  • GeoTrust DV SSL
  • Thawte SSL 123 DV
  • RapidSSL Standard DV
  • RapidSSL Wildcard DV
  • Encryption Everywhere DV

You can add a feature to your CertCentral account that enables you to control which DigiCert ICA certificate chain issues the end-entity certificate when you order these public DV products.

This feature allows you to:

  • Set the default ICA certificate chain for each supported public DV certificate.
  • Control which ICA certificate chains certificate requestors can use to issue their DV certificate.

Configure ICA certificate chain selection

To enable ICA selection for your account:

  1. Contact your account manager or our Support team.
  2. Then, in your CertCentral account, in the left main menu, go to Settings > Product Settings.
  3. On the Product Settings page, configure the default and allowed intermediates for each supported and available DV certificate.

For more information and step-by-step instructions, see the Configure the ICA certificate chain feature for your public TLS certificates.

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DigiCert Services API: DV certificate support for ICA certificate chain selection

In the DigiCert Services API, we made the following updates to support ICA selection in your DV certificate order requests:

Pass in the issuing ICA certificate's ID as the value for the ca_cert_id parameter in your order request's body.

Example DV certificate request:

Example DV TLS certificate request

For more information about using ICA selection in your API integrations, see DV certificate lifecycle – Optional ICA selection.

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API de servicio de CertCentral: Actualizaciones de la documentación

Agregamos un nuevo parámetro de solicitud a la documentación de la API de servicios de CertCentral para los pedidos de certificados DV: use_auth_key. En cuentas con una clave de autenticación existente, este parámetro le permite elegir si verificar sus registros DNS en busca de un autentificador de solicitud de clave de autenticación cuando realiza un pedido de certificados DV.

De manera predeterminada, si existe una clave de autenticación para su cuenta, debe agregar un autentificador de solicitud de clave de autenticación a sus registros DNS antes de solicitar un certificado DV. Los autentificadores de solicitud de clave de autentificación habilitan la emisión inmediata de certificados, lo cual reduce el tiempo que pasa con la administración del ciclo de vida de los certificados. No obstante, habrá ocasiones en las que tenga que verificar el control sobre los dominios mediante la validación del correo electrónico o a través de un autentificador generado por DigiCert. En estos casos, el parámetro use_auth_key le permite deshabilitar la verificación en busca de un autentificador de solicitud de clave de autenticación a nivel del pedido, para que pueda usar otro método para probar el control sobre el dominio. Para obtener más información sobre la validación de control de dominio (DCV), consulte los métodos de validación de control de dominio (DCV).

Para deshabilitar el método de verificación de clave de autenticación para un pedido de certificados DV, incluya el parámetro use_auth_key en la carga JSON de la solicitud. Por ejemplo:

use_auth_key sample

Los siguientes terminales admiten el parámetro use_auth_key:

Para obtener información sobre cómo usar una clave de autenticación para la emisión inmediata de certificado DV, consulte Emisión inmediata de certificado DV.

Nota: El parámetro use_auth_key se ignora en solicitudes de certificados Encryption Everywhere DV. Todas las solicitudes de certificados Encryption Everywhere DV requieren un autentificador de solicitud de clave de autenticación para DCV. Además, los productos SSL OV y EV no admiten el parámetro de solicitud use_auth_key.

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CertCentral: verificaciones DCV automáticas: sondeo DCV

Nos complace anunciar que hemos mejorado el proceso de validación de control de dominio (DCV) y agregado verificaciones automáticas para los métodos DCV de demostración práctica DNS TXT, DNS CNAME y HTTP (FileAuth).

Esto quiere decir que una vez que haya colocado el archivo fileauth.txt en su dominio o agregado el valor aleatorio a sus registros DNS TXT o DNS CNAME, no tendrá que preocuparse por iniciar sesión en CertCentral para realizar la verificación por su cuenta. Realizaremos la verificación DCV automáticamente. No obstante, igualmente puede realizar una verificación manual cuando sea necesario.

Cadencia de sondeo DCV

Después de enviar su pedido de certificado SSL/TLS público, enviar un dominio para la validación previa o cambiar el método DCV para un dominio, de inmediato comienza el sondeo DCV, que se realiza durante una semana.

  • Intervalo 1: cada minuto durante los primeros 15 minutos
  • Intervalo 2: cada cinco minutos durante una hora
  • Intervalo 3: cada quince minutos durante cuatro horas
  • Intervalo 4: cada hora durante un día
  • Intervalo 5: cada cuatro horas durante una semana*

*Después del Intervalo 5, dejamos de verificar. Si no ha colocado el archivo fileauth.txt en su dominio o agregado el valor aleatorio a sus registros DNS TXT o DNS CNAME para el final de la primera semana, tendrá que realizar la verificación por su cuenta.

Para obtener más información sobre los métodos DCV admitidos: