Intermediate Certificate


Intermediate Certificate is a subordinate certificate issued by the Root Certificate specifically to issue end-entity Site Certificates.

The result is a Certificate Chain that begins at the Root Certificate, through one or more Intermediate Certificate and ending with the Site Certificate issued.

Creating certificates directly from the Root Certificate increases the risk of Root Certificate Unfortunate event, and if the Root Certificate is compromised, the entire trust infrastructure built by the SSL provider will fail. The usage of Intermediate Certificate for issuing certificates to end entities, therefore, provides an added level of security.

You must install the Intermediate Certificate in your Web server along with your issued certificate to complete the Certificate Chain and allow the certificate to be effectively be a Trusted Certificate.

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