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Error Message: The Name on the Security Certificate Does Not Match the Name of the Site

This article was previously published under Q257873
When you attempt to connect to a secure site with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 in Windows 2000, you may receive a Security Alert dialog box that contains the following message:
The name on the security certificate does not match the name of the site.
This problem occurs when you attempt to connect to a site that uses wildcards in the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) server certificate. Prior to the release of the hotfix described in this article, wildcards were not supported in SSL server certificates in Windows 2000.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1.
For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes

Article ID: 257873 - Last Review: 02/21/2007 19:57:56 - Revision: 3.3

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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