Let me explain my situation.

I created a self-signed certificate and installed it in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities section in MMC.

I then created two certificates using the self-signed certificate:

  1. A certificate with subject name "localhost"
  2. A certificate with subject name "test.com"

I then installed both certificates into the Personal certificates section in MMC.

I then deployed a web service as HTTPS (SSL with accept client certificates) in IIS. The certificate used to deploy the web service is the one with subject name "localhost".

Now, I have a client who wants to connect to the web service. I successfully added a web reference to the service. This is the code:

            ClientServices web_service = new ClientServices();
            X509Store store = new X509Store(StoreName.My, StoreLocation.LocalMachine);
            X509Certificate2Collection col = store.Certificates.Find(X509FindType.FindBySubjectName, "test.com", true);

            if (col.Count == 1)
                ServicePointManager.Expect100Continue = true;
                ServicePointManager.SecurityProtocol = SecurityProtocolType.Ssl3 | SecurityProtocolType.Tls;

                    string hello = web_service.HelloWorld();
                    int add = web_service.add(4, 31);
                    int sub = web_service.subtract(30, 10);

                catch (WebException e)

                Console.WriteLine("The certificate was not found!");

As you can see, I am sending the "test.com" certificate along with the web service request. Unfortunately, I am getting this exception:

The request was aborted: Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel

How can I solve this problem? I have already wasted 3 hours on this issue. Please help me.

1 Answer 1

        X509Store store = new X509Store(StoreName.My, StoreLocation.LocalMachine);

You're using the LocalMachine store. Either put your certificates are 'Machine Certificates' in mmc, (elevated MMC -> certificate snap-in -> Computer Account), or use the CurrentUser store.

Also this might be a better question for StackExchange since it's C#/Programming related.

  • The certificate is being located and loaded from the store. I checked by debugging the program. The problem is when the call for the web service is being made
    – Joe Borg
    Apr 25, 2013 at 17:59

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