Certification Path Tab
Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
Using the Certification Path tab, you can view the path from the selected certificate to the certification authorities (CAs) that issue the certificate.
Before a certificate is trusted, Windows must verify that the certificate comes from a trusted source. This verification process is called path validation.
Path validation involves processing public key certificates and their issuer certificates in a hierarchical fashion until the certification path terminates at a trusted, self-signed certificate. Typically, this is a root CA certificate. If there is a problem with one of the certificates in the path, or if it cannot find a certificate, the certification path is considered a non-trusted certification path.
A typical certification path includes a root certificate and one or more intermediate certificates. By clicking View Certificate, you can also learn more about the certificates for each CA in the path.