A Windows Server 2008-based OCSP responder logs incorrect "thisUpdate" time stamp in the OCSP response

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Symptoms

Assume that you are monitoring a Windows Server 2008-based Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) responder in a network environment. In this scenario, the value of the thisUpdate time stamp in the OCSP response is outdated by 24 hours. A more recent time stamp value that is based on the latest-issued delta certificate revocation list (CRL) should have been used.

Notes

  • This issue persists until the OCSP responder fetches the base and delta CRLs again.

  • This is a logging issue that does not affect the actual certificate validation process. The latest CRL is always used to validate certificates.

  • To configure an OCSP responder in Windows Server 2008, enable the Online Certificate Status Protocol role service under the Active Directory Certificate Services server role.

Cause

The issue occurs because the Online Responder Service (Ocspsvc.exe) retrieves the value of the thisUpdate field from the base CRL instead of from the delta CRL.

Resolution

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2). Additionally, you must enable the Online Certificate Status Protocol role service.

For more information about how to obtain a Windows Vista service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack

For more information about how to obtain a Windows Server 2008 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

968849 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2008

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix. To avoid restarting, stop the Online Certificate Status Protocol role service.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Windows Server 2008 file information notes

Important Windows Vista hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only "Windows Vista" is listed on the Hotfix Request page. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows Vista" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.

  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.

    Version

    Product

    SR_Level

    Service branch

    6.0.600
    2.
    22xxx

    Windows Server 2008

    SP2

    LDR

  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008" section. MUM files and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Ocsprevp.dll

6.0.6002.22730

146,944

21-Oct-2011

16:53

x86

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Ocsprevp.dll

6.0.6002.22730

181,760

21-Oct-2011

16:04

x64

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

The Microsoft Online Responder Service enables you to configure and to manage OCSP checks of validation and of revocation in a Windows-based network. To support public key infrastructure (PKI) clients in a diverse environment, the Online Responder snap-in enables you to configure and to manage the revocation configurations and the Online Responder Arrays.

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows Server 2008

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008

File name

X86_7e0a71f54b8893f6a917a1a21a5f6de0_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22730_none_e30adf22185910cc.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

720

Date (UTC)

24-Oct-2011

Time (UTC)

08:20

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-c..rvices-ocsprevp-dll_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22730_none_aa70add123bd20ff.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

24,465

Date (UTC)

21-Oct-2011

Time (UTC)

17:19

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008

File name

Amd64_22ec17b0e8bbd02996c9407c2c14b715_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22730_none_89994269dada0cb1.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

724

Date (UTC)

24-Oct-2011

Time (UTC)

08:20

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-c..rvices-ocsprevp-dll_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22730_none_068f4954dc1a9235.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

24,493

Date (UTC)

21-Oct-2011

Time (UTC)

16:24

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