Closed Bug 184659 Opened 19 years ago Closed 17 years ago

Add user dialog to processing of application/x-x509-email-cert


(Core Graveyard :: Security: UI, enhancement, P3)

1.0 Branch


(Not tracked)



(Reporter: hauser, Unassigned)




click on the above URL nothing visible happens.

I assume that the certificate is imported, but for me as a user, it would be
helpful if
1) It would be displayed what the certificate is about (purpose, issued to,
validity, etc.).
2) to which tab of my security manager (Your certificates, Other people's,
Websites, Authorities)
3) Provide me with the options (Import - Save As - Cancel)
FYI: When you click on the link, Ralf's cert is added to the "Other People's" tab.
OS: Windows 2000 → All
Priority: -- → P3
Hardware: PC → All
Version: 2.1 → 2.4
I suggest to duplicate this bug against the other bug, that suggests giving
feedback when importing a user cert.
I guess just declaring this bug a simple duplicate of is not appropriate since it
is after all a different mime-type and I am sure the original (Netscape?)
designers who chose not just to go with application/pkix-cert for all 3 cases
did that for some purpose beyond being different from Microsoft. But yes the two
bugs or even three (if we also take for the CAs) could be merged
to one big-bug.
Here is some background information about this enhancement request.

Netscape Communicator 4.x behaves as the submittor suggests.  It takes 
the user through a "wizard" that led the user through the steps of deciding
what to do with the cert.  

That was perceived as a big usability problem.  People complained a lot 
about having to click so many times to get through the wizard.  It was
perceived by (then, paying) customers as an impediment to deployment of
certs.  So, it was specifically removed for mozilla.  The idea was that
a web site can be constructed so that it downloads a cert _AND_ displays
a page that tells the user what has just been downloaded.  Netscape's 
CA software product does that, for example.

Personally, I agree that the user should have more information and control
over the download of certs, so this RFE is OK with me.  This is one reason
I continue to use C4.x.
Severity: normal → enhancement
Mass reassign ssaux bugs to nobody
Assignee: ssaux → nobody

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 249004 ***
Closed: 17 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Product: PSM → Core
Version: psm2.4 → 1.0 Branch
Product: Core → Core Graveyard
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