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Easy to Follow Step by Step Instructional Guide to Renew Code Signing Certificate
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Similar to X.509 certificates such as SSL/TLS certificates, code signing certificates also come with a specific validity period. And, once that validity period which is 1 – 3 years, surpasses, your code signing certificate will expire, doesn't matter whether it's EV Code Signing Certificate or Standard Code Signing Certificate.
Nonetheless, if you don't renew your code signing certificate in time, which is before its expiry date, you'll not be able to code sign your software, executables, or applications. And if you haven't timestamped your already signed software and application at the time of signing it and the code signing certificate expires, then that signature will also become invalid. And due to that invalid signature, your software users will start getting warning messages.
Henceforth, you must renew your code signing certificate to continue digitally signing software/applications and keeping signed digital signatures valid and recognized that you haven't timestamped.
Here's How to Renew Code Signing Certificate
To renew Code Signing Certificate means you're required to repurchase it. And, you'll also need to follow the same steps you followed initially for purchasing a code signing certificate. But, there's a slight difference when it comes to renewing your code signing certificate, and it's that you're allowed to skip some of the vetting process steps if you renew it before its expiry date.
Nonetheless, you're required to follow the below-mentioned instructions to get your code signing certificate renewed and issued to you:
Generating New CSR
New CSR isn't mandatory if you're renewing from the same Certificate Authority. But it's recommended that you generate a new CSR for the renewal process, as it helps provide strong security and creates a new key pair. And, some other reasons for generating new CSR are like:
- For Sun Java, it's mandatory to have a new CSR every time you renew your Code Signing Certificate.
Complete Vetting Process to Prove Your Company's Legitimacy
Like earlier, you'll need to follow through the vetting process depending on which code signing certificate you're renewing. It's the same validation process that you followed initially to get your code signing certificate issued. However, if you're renewing your code signing certificate before its expiry date, then you may be allowed to skip certain steps.
However, if you choose to go with another Certificate Authority or your code signing certificate is expired, and after its expiry, you're renewing. In that situation, you'll require to follow the entire validation process as you did in the beginning before your code signing certificate gets renewed.
Download & Install Your Code Signing Certificate
Once your code signing certificate gets renewed and issued to you, you'll need to follow one more important step of installing it onto your computer. And, after the installation process, you'll be able to code sign your software and executables using that renewed code signing certificate. However, once you install renewed code signing certificate, your old code signing certificate will become invalid, and you won't be able to use it.
Furthermore, you'll get your renewed code signing certificate issued to you in an email by Certificate Authority like earlier with proper instructions while allowing you to download it. In addition, if it's an EV Code Signing Certificate, then it'll be delivered physically to your provided shipping address.
From whomsoever you purchase or renew your code signing certificate, there isn't any significant difference. All code signing certificates come with the same validity period because their validity is set by the CA/Browser, which is of one, two, and three years. So, once that validity period is over, you must renew your code signing certificate to sign your applications and software.
Another important thing is that you should renew your code signing certificate before its actual expiry date. To be precise, it's recommended that you renew your code signing certificate before 30 days of the exact expiry date to avoid unwanted complications. Likewise, the remaining time of an existing code signing certificate will be passed on to your renewed code signing certificate. So, you will be able to code sign your software without any delays.
FAQs of How to Renew Code Signing Certificate
What Happens When a Code Signing Certificate Expires?
Once your code signing certificate expires, you will no longer be able to digitally sign your software, applications, executables, and scripts. Furthermore, suppose you haven't timestamped your digital signature when initially code signing your software or applications, then it'll start showing warning messages to users who have installed the software.
How Do I Renew My Existing Code Signing Certificate?
Although, at the time of renewal, if you renew your code signing certificate 30 days before its expiry, you'll be allowed to skip some vetting process steps. Similarly, it'll also prove helpful in avoiding unwanted complications and delays that happen in getting a new renewed code signing certificate.
You'll require to follow the exact steps you followed at the time of purchasing your code signing certificate for the first time. You'll need to generate CSR, go through a validation process where your company's legitimacy is verified, and then your code signing certificate gets issued, which you'll require to install.
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