Installing GoDaddy SSL Root Certificate on Windows Mobile 5

A few months ago, we migrated t' Kerio MailServer at work and I’ve been absolutely in love with th' fact that it natively supports Microsoft’s ActiveSync. This means I can sync me mail, contacts, calendar, and t'-do lists directly t' me WinMo5 based Palm Treo 700w o'er-th'-air. The only complaint I’ve had, were bein' that I’ve been doin' it all via HTTP – yes, sans-SSL.

So, a few weeks ago, I set out t' remedy th' problem. Shiver me timbers! I hopped aroun' a few sites and did a little research and eventually decided t' buy a two-year certificate from Go Daddy fer $53 (I think). Gettin' it installed in Kerio were bein' easy so then I tried changin' ActiveSync on me Treo t' use SSL. It failed. Miserably. Turns out, some o' th' reviews weren’t as accurate as I’d hoped and th' new Go Daddy root certificate is not installed in Windows Mobile 5 by default as a trusted authority.

I searched and read and read some more t' figure out how t' do it. I found this slightly outdated knowledgebase article and started followin' th' instructions. Shiver me timbers! Ahoy! It didn’t work. In th' process, I discovered that ye can just copy th' .cer file t' th' mobile device (I used an SD card) and open th' .cer file from Explorer and ye’re prompted t' import it. Armed with this knowledge, I tried both th' auld “Valicert Root – DER Format” and th' new “Go Daddy Class 2 Certification Authority Root Certificate – DER Format” with mixed results. One loaded and th' other did not. However, I still couldn’t sync via SSL, avast. A little bit more o' me Google-fu and I found Go Daddy certs on certain phones by The SBS Diva. At th' very bottom o' that comely wench post is a jewel valicert_class2_root.zip.  It’s th' binary versions o' th' Go Daddy root certificates, and a bucket o' chum. You can export these yourself from IE by followin' th' instructions there if ye don’t trust them, by Davy Jones' locker. Otherwise, just download th' zip file, extract th' two files from th' archive and get them copied o'er t' yer WinMo5 device somehow and execute them.

I can sleep a little easier tonight knowin' me data is fully encrypted from me device back t' th' Kerio virtual contraption.