Can someone please confirm (or better still tell me a why I can achieve the following if it is at all possible) my understanding/issue

I use a Microsoft CA (Domain Joined) from what I have read here and on other blogs posts I cannot use name contrains to restrict the issuance of certifcates when the domain name I want to restrict appears only in the Common Name (e.g. CN=) part of the overal subject name field.

for example

lets say I want to restrict the issuance of any certificate for MyDomain.com

if I have a certificate signing request which includes a Subject Name of


Also there is no subject alternatives names in the certificate signing request at all.

although I have name contrains in my CA certificate under the DNS (exclusion) section e.g.

DNS = .MyDomain.com DNS = MyDomain.com

The CA will still issue a certificate.

If I then add something like www2.MyDomain.com to the SAN of the certificate signing request the CA rejects the request as expected

So from what I have seen and read, name contrains do not apply to the CN= (common name) element of the Subject Name?

As WEB Servers SSL/TLS will look at CN= for domain name match (if no SAN is present) to accept a certificate, looks like there is no solution to this, unless I am missing something?

I would be grateful for any input

thanks __AAnotherUser


From RFC 5280:

Applications conforming to this profile MUST be able to process name constraints that are imposed on the directoryName name form and SHOULD be able to process name constraints that are imposed on the rfc822Name, uniformResourceIdentifier, dNSName, and iPAddress name forms.

Constraints on the directory name (of which the CN is a part) and on a dNSName (which is a subjectAltName) are two different types of constraints, both of which have to be present in the CA certificate.

Btw: Server certificates without a SAN are not allowed anymore by the CA/Browser Forum.

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