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Out of curiousity I was wondering who provides Google's SSL certificates. I checked the certificate information in Chrome (on vanilla and it shows that it is authored by: Google Internet Authority

I'm sure they are able to issue their own certificates, but who provides them with this capability? Verisign? GeoTrust?



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You can look at the chain of trust in the certificate properties. – SLaks Jun 19 '13 at 17:42
The root certificate I see is "Equifax Secure Certificate Authority" as the root. Chrome also uses certificate pinning for Google's own websites. – vcsjones Jun 19 '13 at 17:42
Yep, thank you. – markbratanov Jun 19 '13 at 17:49
up vote 3 down vote accepted

You can view the root certificate for a given website. One way to do this is to right-click on the SSL Lock in google chrome, and select "Connection" and then "Certificate Information". You will be able to access these two screens:

Google Certification Path

Here we can see that the Google Internet Authority certificate is issued by GeoTrust (Equifax Secure Certificate Authority).

You can also go to to get more information. – ddcruver Oct 19 '15 at 15:47

Google Chrome on Windows actually passes through SSL certificate validation to the operating system, implying that Microsoft's Root Certificate Program is used.


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