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Article ID: 945344 - Last Review: December 10, 2007 - Revision: 1.2

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SYMPTOMS

When you call the CertCreateSelfSignCertificate function to create a self-signed certificate in Windows Server 2003, the "Serial number" attribute of the certificate has a negative value. This does not comply with the Request for Comments (RFC) 3280 specifications. When this problem occurs, some applications may experience problems if these applications do not expect a negative serial number.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because the implementation of the CertCreateSelfSignCertificate function follows the RFC 2459 specifications instead of the RFC 3280 specifications.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

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Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 installed on the computer. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889100  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/889100/ ) How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Crypt32.dll5.131.3790.3050596,99227-Nov-200708:45x86
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Crypt32.dll5.131.3790.4195596,48027-Nov-200708:36x86
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, Itanium-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Crypt32.dll5.131.3790.30501,758,20827-Nov-200706:28IA-64SP1Not Applicable
Wcrypt32.dll5.131.3790.3050596,99227-Nov-200706:28x86SP1WOW
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Itanium-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Crypt32.dll5.131.3790.41951,757,69627-Nov-200706:33IA-64SP2Not Applicable
Wcrypt32.dll5.131.3790.4195596,48027-Nov-200706:33x86SP2WOW
Windows Server 2003, x64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Crypt32.dll5.131.3790.30501,430,52827-Nov-200706:28x64SP1Not Applicable
Wcrypt32.dll5.131.3790.3050596,99227-Nov-200706:28x86SP1WOW
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, x64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Crypt32.dll5.131.3790.41951,430,52827-Nov-200706:35x64SP2Not Applicable
Wcrypt32.dll5.131.3790.4195596,48027-Nov-200706:35x86SP2WOW

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

Another hotfix resolves the same problem in Windows XP. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
945342  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945342/ ) The "Serial number" attribute of a certificate may be a negative value when you create a self-signed certificate in Windows XP

The "Serial number" attribute according to the RFC 3280 specifications

The RFC 3280 specifications require that the "Serial number" attribute be a positive integer that is assigned by the certification authority (CA). The "Serial number" attribute must be unique for each certificate that is assigned by a particular CA.

The "Serial number" attribute according to the RFC 2459 specifications

The RFC 2459 specifications require that the "Serial number" attribute be an integer that is assigned by the CA. The "Serial number" attribute must be unique for each certificate that is assigned by a particular CA.

REFERENCES

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ ) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
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kbautohotfix kbexpertiseinter kbwinserv2003postsp2fix kbbug kbfix kbhotfixserver kbqfe KB945344
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