My work place intercepts SSL connections, looks at their contents, and then passes the data to and from my machine and remote hosts - a kind of man-in-the-middle attack. This is not uncommon in corporate or enterprise environments.

Now I have a virtual machine running on my computer. The virtual machine does not have the certificates the actual machine has which enable the MITM to work transparently. As a result, I get this message:

NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID message in Chrome

What can I do to resolve this?

  • Install the fake certificates on the virtual machine. – Ramhound Jun 2 '16 at 21:04
  • @Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007: Corporate ID didn't want to touch the issue. Don't let the word "corporate" throw you, this is a perfectly legitimate question about certificate authorities. – Richard Jun 2 '16 at 21:33
  • @Ramhound: The difficult I had was in finding said certificates. – Richard Jun 2 '16 at 21:34
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First thing's first:

DO NOT DO THE FOLLOWING IF YOU DO NOT TRUST THE CERTIFICATE ISSUER

Doing this a man-in-the-middle to see all of your communications. This fix should only be employed if you are in a situation which warrants it, not if you're sitting at a coffee shop and having problems connecting to things.

That said...

The first step is to acquire the certificate of the MITM.

To do so, click the little HTTPS lock and hit details:

Page details

Click "View Certificate" in the dialog that comes up.

Certificate details pane

Hit "Details" in the Certificate viewer and select the top certificate, which should be from an address other than the one you were trying to get to (see picture):

Certificate viewer

Then hit "Export" and save the certificate file.

Now, go to Settings → Advanced → Manage Certificates... → Authorities

Settings menu

And hit "Import". Select the certificate file you saved previously and hit all of the check boxes that appear, authorizing it to certify everything.

Manage certificates menu

  • // , My dialog for Certificate Viewer does not include two tabs, nor can I export the certificate file. On what version of Chrome or Chromium did you test this? – Nathan Basanese Oct 4 '16 at 9:29
  • @NathanBasanese: I'm sorry; I'm not sure what version it was. I've since changed locations. – Richard Oct 4 '16 at 14:24
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    I had to restart chrome before this was working correctly on windows (kill chrome task). Great guide – Sam Mar 7 '17 at 22:30
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    "Details" link is not displayed in Chrome OSX 57.0.2987.110 (64-bit) – DanH Mar 21 '17 at 12:56
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    Chrome 57.0.2987.133 (64-bit) , OSX 10.9.4. I open Security tab from Inspect Element in develop tools. And I can see the detail of certificate. But there is no Export either. I can export the certificate using firefox. But when I opened Manage Certificates in Chrome and was trying to import the certificate to chrome. Chrome open system certificate manager instead of chrome certificate manager. Then I tryed type chrome://settings/certificates to address bar, it only redirect to chrome://settings. – Nick Dong Apr 24 '17 at 9:08

I hope I'm not reviving this too late in the game, but I was looking for this answer and figured out how to make Richard's solution work with Chrome 59.0.3071.115 for the Mac.

  1. Load the page with the self-signed certificate that's causing Chrome to throw the error
  2. Hit the triple-horizontal-dots in the top right to get to More Tools > Developer Tools; click on the Security tab
  3. Click "View certificate"
  4. In the little window that pops up, there should be a picture of a certificate. Click/drag that to some location in Finder.
  5. Triple-horizontal-dots > Settings > Advanced > Manage certificates
  6. If the keychain is locked (lock in the top-left corner of window that pops up), unlock it using your system password
  7. Select "login" under Keychains (on the top-left) and "Certificates" under Category (on the bottom-left)
  8. Click/drag the certificate that you downloaded over to the right side of the Keychain Access window
  9. Lock the lock at the top left of the Keychain Access window
  10. Close and re-open Chrome (make sure Chrome fully closed -- force quit if you need to)

Hope that helps!

  • Click drag not working on windows 10. Also I see no "login" in the manage certificates window... – Radmation Aug 27 at 16:45
  • Great, thanks! One more step for me (Chrome as of Oct 26, 2018): in Keychain, right-click your cert, "Get Info", "Trust" and "Always Trust" for SSL! – Nico Oct 26 at 22:04

If you've just installed an SSL cert on your website after getting this error, you may need to restart Chrome. Easiest way is to go to chrome://restart so that it reopens all your tabs.

I was getting this error even though SSL Labs was telling me I had an A+ cert. Chrome was just being dumb and not refreshing properly.

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    Easier for our support team to tell users how to fix it – Developia Nov 24 '17 at 15:02

For me I had to upgrade my browser version to the latest and it worked.

If you click the advanced link you are given the option to prodeed anyway.

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Subsequently, when you visit the same site, the warning won't be shown, but the address bar will show "Not secure". If you click on the words "Not secure, you are informed that you have chosen to disable warnings for this site, but you can re-enable them.

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One more option: less common but worth knowing.

Your computer may have an old certificate on it and ignore the current one.

I had to go to the Keychain app on a Mac and delete the expired/untrusted certificates so it would download new ones.

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