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Queen's University
 

Authenticode Certificates

Authenticode certificates are a new requirement that is picking up momentum on campus. Client applications being developed on campus are required by Microsoft (on Vista) and others to be digitally signed before the client application can be installed in order to tell who published the software.

Getting Started

An email should be sent to the Information Systems Security Office advising the following:

  • need for the certificate
  • purpose of the code being developed
  • name of department
  • account code
  • name of developer and their contact information

Additional Information

Faculty, staff, and students can make decisions about what software to deploy and how much to "trust" the software in question (for example, Ida). Staff, students and faculty who might need to download digitally signed Active X controls, dynamic link libraries, .cab files or HTML content from our website can be confident that code really comes from Queen's University and hasn't been altered or corrupted since it was created and signed by us.

Digital IDs serve as virtual "shrinkwrap" for software: after you sign your code, if it is tampered with in any way, the digital signature will break and alert users that the code has been altered and is not trustworthy.

So when customers download software signed with a Code Signing Certificate, they can be assured of:

  • Content Source: End users can confirm that the software really comes from the publisher who signed it.
  • Content Integrity: End users can verify that the software has not been altered or corrupted since it was signed.

Questions?

Please contact the Information Systems Security Office.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000