Thursday, September 6, 2012

Find the Distinguished Name of a certificate to use in WCF SSL

Thursday, September 06, 2012 Posted by Andre Broers , , , , , , 13 comments
When you need a secure connection to a WCF webservice you need te specify the Distinguished Name (DN) of the server certificate in the web.config. This name must be the exact name in microsoft format with comma's, spaces and capitals. The get this string from a certificate you can use the C# program below:

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates;

public class X509
{
    public static void Main(string[] args)
    {

        // The path to the certificate.
        string Certificate = args[0];

        // Load the certificate into an X509Certificate object.
        X509Certificate cert = new X509Certificate(Certificate);

        // Get the value.
        string resultsTrue = cert.ToString(true);

        // Display the value to the console.
        Console.WriteLine(resultsTrue);

        // Get the value.
        string resultsFalse = cert.ToString(false);

        // Display the value to the console.
        Console.WriteLine(resultsFalse);

    }

}

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