How to Install EV Code Signing Certificate [A Step-by-Step Guide]

Install EV Code Signing Certificate

Extended Validation Code Signing certificates have got all the standard digitally signed code advantages along with the improved authentication process and hardware security requirement. All these benefits give users a sense of assurance and confidence when they download your software or applications.

When compared to a standard Code Signing Certificate, the installation process of an EV Code Signing Certificate is quite different, thanks to the improved and stringent security rules being followed today.

Be that as it may, we will help you go through the entire process to install the EV Code Signing Certificate, and you can soon get on your way with signing your software. However, before beginning, let us give you a background overview of the enrollment process.

What Happens in the Enrollment Process of EV Code Signing Certificate?

After successfully finishing the enrollment process of your extended validation code signing, the respective certificate authority will start the authentication process.

Upon finishing the validation of the vetting process, the certificate authority will send the certificate and the private key to you over mail

According to the CA/B forum guidelines, the EV Code Signing Certificate is supposed to be physically mailed to the code publisher via carriers like UPS or FedEx. It is due to all the security needs that demand all the EV Code Signing private keys to be stored off the device. This ensures maximum security.

Now that we know what happens in the enrollment process let us see the steps.

What are the Steps for Installing EV Code Signing Certificate?

There are a series of steps that need to be followed. We have listed down the steps for better understanding. Based on the Certificate Authority you choose, your package will vary. However, a package must contain the following:

  • USB token – it should possess your certificate with its private key
  • Letter from the Certificate Authority

Let us first start with SafeNet Authentication Client, a software needed for installing EV Code SIgning Certificate.

Installation of SafeNet Authentication Client

It is recommended to refer to the letter you have received from the Certificate Authority to complete this step of the installation process. It includes a URL that helps you access and installs the software SafeNet Authentication Client.

All you need to do is download and open the suitable installer for the machine you will be using while signing the software or applications.

Step 1: In SafeNet Authentication Client Setup, the Welcome to SafeNet Authentication Client Installation Wizard page will look something like this. You have to click on ‘Next.’

Install SafeNet Client Wizard

Step 2: On the Interface Language page, you will find the drop-down list. From there, pick the language you want for the interface and click ‘Next.’

Choose Language SafeNet

Step 3: Read the license agreement on the License Agreement page. After reading, select “I accept the license agreement” and then ‘Next.’

Licence Agreement SafeNet Tool

Step 4: Select the location you want to install the SafeNet Authentication Client Software from the Destination Folder page and then click ‘Next.’

Choose Destination SafeNet Installation

Step 5: The Setup Type page will look something like this. On this page, select ‘Typical’ for the installation type and then click ‘Next.’

Select Typical SafeNet Authentication

Step 6: ‘The wizard is ready to begin installation’ page will appear where you have to click Install. It might take several minutes to process the installation process. 

SafeNet Installation Wizard

Step 7: Click on ‘Finish‘ on the SafeNet Authentication Client to exit SafeNet Authentication Client Setup. Voila! You have now successfully installed the SafeNet Client Software.

Install SafeNet Client Finish

After the successful installation of the installed the software, let us now move to set up the EV Code Signing Certificate.

Setting up EV Code Signing Certificate

Get your initialization token from your Code Signing provider and then begin the installation process:

Step 1: For the activation of your EV Code Signing Cert, plug in your EV Code Signing USB and run the SafeNet Authentication Client Software.

Step 2: In the SafeNet Authentication Client Tools window, click on ‘Change Token Password.‘ While this step isn’t mandatory, we recommend you ‘Change Token Password.’ It will open the interface for changing the password for the token. Input a distinct password

SafeNet Token Password

Step 3: You will see New Token Password and Confirm Password boxes. You can create and confirm your new token password that meets the security needs of SafeNet with the help of the password in the email format that you have received from the Certificate Authority. Now, click OK.

Activate USB Token Change Password

These are the basic steps needed to be followed to install an EV Code Signing Certificate.

Final Words

The EV Code Signing certificate is quite different from a standard code signing certificate. Whether it is a Comodo EV Code Signing or a Sectigo EV Code Signing Certificate, the code publisher has to go through a series of steps before they can digitally begin signing your software.

Likewise, we have discussed some steps you will have to follow to use your received EV Code Signing certificate to digitally sign software, executable files, drivers, and applications.

Janki Mehta

Janki Mehta

Janki Mehta is a Cyber-Security Enthusiast who constantly updates herself with new advancements in the Web/Cyber Security niche. Along with theoretical knowledge, she also implements her practical expertise in day-to-day tasks and helps others to protect themselves from threats.