I looked at a certificate of (e.g. stackoverflow) a website and the fingerprint in chrome was different then microsoft edge, so I was wondering how it that possible?

chrome: f67e91c916ce8f5f8aee8abdf99328613dd298a3  

edge: 3D:BB:0B:22:63:21:01:3B:1B:6A:2D:9A:FF:5A:84:5B:25:C0:D3:17:49:B9:15:42:EC:50:3A:D7:1A:67:7F:2F

I thought that one might be hex and the other converted to ascii or something ...but converting does not help.

  • Where did you get that thumbprint value in Edge? As far as I know, on Windows both Chrome and Edge use the same built-in certificate viewer from the OS. I'm intrigued as to how you got a different display representation on the two browsers. – Polynomial Feb 17 at 18:26

Chrome is showing you the SHA-1 hash of the certificate.

Edge is showing you the SHA-256 hash of the certificate.

FYI, Firefox shows both. Copied below is a snip of the fingerprints of the certificate for *.stackexchange.com as displayed by Firefox:

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Finally, hashing does not involve exponents. You might be thinking of assymmetic RSA or DH encryption, which involve exponents.

  • Ty, and for the exponent. I knew that its relevant for rsa which is why I was refering to certificates in general and not only the fingerprint. Do you know how I can extract the exponent of an rsa public key shown in a certificate – Barry Feb 17 at 18:56
  • @Barry In Firefox, Firefox shows the public key modulus and exponent when you view the certificate. See the snip I posted at ibb.co/VqDs89J. I'm fairly sure other browsers do the same. – mti2935 Feb 17 at 19:41
  • ty very much, in firefox it shows, but in chrome and edge not. – Barry Feb 17 at 19:45
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    @Barry Here's a way to do it on the command line, using openssl: ` openssl s_client -connect security.stackexchange.com:443 | openssl x509 -pubkey -noout | openssl rsa -inform PEM -pubin -text -noout` – mti2935 Feb 17 at 21:57
  • (@Barry+) although for at least 99% of RSA certs on the web today you can just do echo 65537 instead :-) – dave_thompson_085 Feb 18 at 4:18

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