You are here

T-bird security certificates

4 posts / 0 new
Last post
Last seen: 13 years 7 months ago
Joined: 2007-08-16 23:08
T-bird security certificates

I'm confused about Thunderbird and the way it uses vcards and certificates. I'm using ver.

I don't see a way for the program to include my certificate public key as part of my vcard. Outlook does that, I think.

Also, I don't see how to automatically add contact info and certificate public keys from incoming email into my address book in T-bird.

Thanks for any help.


Last seen: 3 weeks 13 hours ago
Joined: 2007-08-27 13:35
I think you'll find that

I think you'll find that Thunderbird imports other people's certificates (if they are included with a signature) automatically into its certificate store, as opposed to Outlook, which puts them in the address book (it accomplishes the same thing, as far as functionality is concerned). You can look for them in the Certificates area: Tools | Options | Advanced | Certificates | View Certificates | Other People's.

Now that I think about it, it may be that Outlook automatically imports into the Windows certificate store, but allows you to associate a certificate with someone in the address book. I'd have to check. But the functionality is the same. Certificates are matched to the cert's subject, which is usually e-mail address; it wouldn't matter which entry in the address book they were associated with: if the e-mail (or other parts of the subject) differed, that certificate wouldn't be used. Likewise, if it was in the certificate store, it would automatically be searched out by subject and used, whether or not there was an entry in the address book.

If you sign a message to which you attach your vcard, the certificate should automagically get imported into whatever the recipient uses, and should be available to validate your signatures or encrypt for you. The only deficiency would be if your vcard gets detached from an e-mail message; I don't know about that.

At any rate, the folks at the Mozilla Thunderbird support forums would know for sure about both. All ThBP does is launch the ThB program, it doesn't change the way it handles certificates.


ZachHudock's picture
Last seen: 1 year 6 months ago
Joined: 2006-12-06 18:07
Everything rab040ma said,

Everything rab040ma said, plus, you should consider updating to the newest release of Thunderbird Portable, 1.5.*.* is quite outdated.

The developer formerly known as ZGitRDun8705

Last seen: 13 years 7 months ago
Joined: 2007-08-16 23:08
Thanks guys ...

T-bird seems to be handling certificates fine.

Also, I didn't realize how far behind my version was because (horrors!) I was running the U3 version. I was just playing with U3 and never paid attention to the version. Now I'm updated and running under PA.

Log in or register to post comments