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a : 23 November 2009 • 5:46AM -0500

[ADVANCED-DOTNET] Problems with ServerCertificateValidationCallback
by Dean Cleaver


I'm using the below code (trimmed a bit of unimportant stuff out) to check a given page on a site, and validate the server certificates. However, it seems to not call the callback at all for some sites, despite the url being https, and manual checking of the site indicates a valid certificate.

I'm using an instance level function and a mutex so I can ensure that I'm checking one at a time. I've even stepped through the code, and the callback just doesn't get called for some sites.

Any ideas why?


        private bool checkedCertificate;
        public void RunTest(object url)
            Mutex mutex = new Mutex(false, "WebsiteLock");

                HttpWebRequest httpWebRequest = (HttpWebRequest) WebRequest.Create(url.ToString());
                ServicePointManager.ServerCertificateValidationCallback = this.ValidateServerCertificate;
                checkedCertificate = false;

                HttpWebResponse httpWebResponse = (HttpWebResponse) httpWebRequest.GetResponse();

        public bool ValidateServerCertificate(
              object sender,
              X509Certificate certificate,
              X509Chain chain,
              SslPolicyErrors sslPolicyErrors)
            checkedCertificate = true;

            // Allow this client to communicate with unauthenticated servers
            return true;

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