Symantec Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing certificate - Getting Started

General Information ID:    INFO1852    Updated:    09/22/2016

Description

The Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing process can provide reputation service within browsers, operating systems and security software an additional source of confidence in applications signed with EV Code Signing certificates. Symantec has partnered with Microsoft to integrate EV Code Signing certificate status with their SmartScreen® reputation services in Internet Explorer and Windows 8. Programs signed by an EV Code Signing certificate can immediately establish reputation with SmartScreen reputation services even if no prior reputation exists for that file or publisher. This means there are potentially fewer warning messages when a user tries to run your application.

Key Features

  • Reputation in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 9
  • Extended Validation Authentication
  • FIPS 140-2 Hardware Token or hardware security module (HSM) option.
  • Digitally sign 32-bit and 64-bit availability (.exe, .cab, .dll, .ocx, and msi files) and kernel-mode software


Below is a Getting Started Overview for the Symantec Extended Validation Code Signing certificate.

Installation System RequirementsOperating Systems

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8

Browsers

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or higher

Enrollment and Installation Overview

  1. Visit the EV Code Signing enrollment page, locate the Extended Validation Code Signing and click Buy Now.
    • Enrollment can take place with Windows 7 or higher and using Internet Explorer 10 or higher, as seen in solution INFO3758.
  2. Upon order processing completion of the Symantec Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing certificate, Symantec offers 2 methods to Pick up (EV) Code Signing certificate.  The 2 methods are the following, as seen in solution: index?page=content&actp=CROSSLINK&id=SO20518:

    •Certificate pick up using a Symantec USB token
    •Certificate pick up using the option "On another computer or hardware security module (HSM).

  3. Once successfully installed, the Symantec Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing certificate can be used to sign files.

Once enrollment, order processing, and if needed, the USB Token has been received, the steps below are required for successful installation and use of the Symantec Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing certificate.

Installation Steps

Step 1:  Download and Install SafeNet Drivers

Please refer to the following knowledge base solution:
SO20491 Download and Install SafeNet driver for Symantec Extended Validation Code Signing certificate

Step 2: Install the Symantec Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing certificate

Please refer to the following knowledge base solution:
SO20518 How to install the Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing certificate

Step 3: How to sign with the Symantec Extended Validation  (EV) Code Signing certificate

Depending on your signing requirements, please refer to one of the knowledge base solutions below:
SO20528 Extended Validation Code Signing Certificate Signing Instructions
SO20529 How to sign Microsoft Windows 64-bit kernel-mode software using Extended Validation Code Signing
 

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