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I have a rails application up on a linode ubuntu 11 server, running apache2. I have a cert purchased from godaddy, (where we also bought our domain) and the cert is installed on my server.

Part of my virtual host file:


SSLEngine On
SSLCertificateFile      /path/
SSLCertificateKeyFile   /path/
SSLCertificateChainFile /path/gd_bundle.crt

The cert works fine in Chrome, FireFox and IE 9+ but in IE 8- I get this error:

There is a problem with this website's security certificate.

The security certificate presented by this website was 
issued for a different website's address.

I'm hosting multiple rails apps on this same server (4 right now plus some old php sites that don't need ssl).

I have tried googling every possible combination of the error/situation that I could think of but at this point I'm shooting in the dark. The closest I could come up with is that some versions if IE don't support SNI. But that doesn't apply here because I am getting the warning on windows 7 machines running IE 8, and the SNI only seemed to apply to IE 8 if the operating system was windows XP.

So why is this cert being accepted by all browsers but giving me a warning in IE 8?


So doing a little more digging and I figured out some more. It turns out this is effecting IE 9 as well. However the problem seems to be that IE is not traversing the ssl chain to get to the right cert. FireFox and Chrome when I go to view certificate show the correct one, but IE is showing one of our other sites certificates.


That being the case why is IE not getting the right certificate when others are and how do I fix it?

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view the certificate details in IE8 (Safety>security report>view cert), does it show (as it claims) that the certificate is for a different hostname than the actual site? I've seen problems like this with Chrome very often in the past, it would show a bad cert on a site that was fine (even gmail for example), then the next day it would be back green. – user16081-JoeT Nov 7 '12 at 21:09
@user16081 I'll check, but its been a problem for weeks, hence my frustration and question here. I've run into similar things to what you describe, I only wish this was one of those times! – ryan Nov 7 '12 at 21:12
@user16081 based on my edit do you have any suggestions ? – ryan Nov 7 '12 at 21:45
are you using a single ip address for multiple sites? Or is there some kind of load balancing going on? – user16081-JoeT Nov 7 '12 at 22:52
@user16081 we are using a single ip address set up with multiple named virtual hosts – ryan Nov 7 '12 at 23:47

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