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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
0001470CATS.cacert.orgOtherpublic2019-10-14 20:48
Reportermcgiwer Assigned ToTed  
Status closedResolutionnot fixable 
PlatformMain CAcert WebsiteOSN/A 
Summary0001470: Unable to install client certificate
DescriptionI'm unable to install the generated client certificate because I'm getting following error message:

"This personal certificate can’t be installed because you do not own the corresponding private key which was created when the certificate was requested"

Please fix it asap and let me know when it's done. Thanks
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2019-10-14 20:48

administrator   ~0005853

There's nothing to fix here, this works like designed.

CAcert never gets your private key, you (or your browser) create the key and use it to build a "Certificate Signing Request" (CSR) which only contains the public part of your key. This CSR is then sent to CAcert so CAcert can create the certificate.
So it's purely your or your browser's responsibility to store the private key itself.

Usually the error you describe here occurs if you have used a different browser (or a different user account) as the one you used to request the certificate.

Note that current versions of browsers do not support creating a private key any more, at least not in the way they did before, but this results in a different error message, see 0001417. Alternative ways to create a CSR / client certificate are described in

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2019-10-14 09:07 mcgiwer New Issue
2019-10-14 09:08 mcgiwer Summary Missing functionality: access to private key => Unable to install client certificate
2019-10-14 20:48 Ted Assigned To => Ted
2019-10-14 20:48 Ted Status new => closed
2019-10-14 20:48 Ted Resolution open => not fixable
2019-10-14 20:48 Ted Note Added: 0005853