Some Older Browsers Can't Verify Identity or Security of U-M Websites

Environment

  • Many U-M websites
  • Older web browsers and operating systems including
    • Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera
    • MacOS 10.11.x and below
    • Windows XP
    • iOS 10
    • Older versions of Android

Issue

Older browsers may report certificate / security errors when trying to access U-M websites, because they lack the ability to verify some newer security certificates. In this case the browser may report a problem with the website, although the issue is more accurately a limitation with the browser, or the operating system running the browser.

Example errors:

  • Can't verify identity of website, Continue?
  • This website may not be secure, Continue?
  • Your connection is not private
  • Your connection is not secure

Resolution

For MacOS 10.11.x (and older)

  1. Download the new root certificate - either here: https://crt.sh/?d=1199354 or attached to this KB (usertrust-2038.crt)
  2. Click the downloaded file to launch Keychain Access
  3. Click 'OK' to continue through the warning menu that pops up as the Mac Keychain Access tool starts
  4. Select the keychain 'System' from the dropdown.
  5. Hit 'OK'
  6. Click 'Always Trust' on the window 
  7. Restart the computer

For MacOS systems when the above steps do not work

  1. Update to the newest version of Firefox or Chrome that will run on the device
  2. If still experiencing trouble, update to a recent version of the operating system (MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android), then try step 1 again.

Windows and other non-Mac systems

  1. Update to the newest version of Firefox or Chrome that will run on the device
  2. If still experiencing trouble, update to a recent version of the operating system (Windows, iOS, Android), then try step 1 again.

Additional Information

Additional information, including specific browser and systems that are impacted: https://support.sectigo.com/articles/Knowledge/Sectigo-AddTrust-External-CA-Root-Expiring-May-30-2020

Details

Article ID: 2807
Created
Sat 5/30/20 9:33 AM
Modified
Tue 7/7/20 2:47 PM