“ASN1 bad tag value met” error when processing a certificate request in IIS 7

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Sometimes, during a "Complete Certification Request..." process, you could face the following error message on 64-bit servers when IIS 7.0 is attempting to process a pending certificate request:

Complete Certificate Request

There was an error while performing this operation.
CertEnroll::CX509Enrollment::p_InstallResponse: ASN1 bad tag value met. 0x8009310b (ASN: 267)

This error seems to mean that the private key (created when the certificate request was made) does not match the public key (the .crt file). The keypair is not successfully joined into a working SSL certificate.

So far this behavior seems most common with .crt files (instead of the .cer files many of us are more used to) issued by one specific Certification Authority, which will remain nameless here.

The error shows up after reaching the point in the process where you "Specify certificate authority response" and guide the wizard to the "File name containing the certification authority's response..." (the .crt file).

Working Solution

Begin by importing the .crt file into the Personal certificate store for the local computer.

Go to Start > Run: MMC > File Menu > Add/Remove Snap-in > highlight Certificates snap-in and click the ADD button > select Computer Account and click Finish > Click OK > drill into Personal > Certificates > right-click and select All Tasks > select Import > guide to the .crt file.

At this point your certificate is basically a half-certificate. It is still missing its private key.

Second, double-click the .crt certificate file you just imported, select the Details tab, scroll all the way down to Thumbprint and highlight Thumbprint.

In the lower pane, block and copy all the letters of the thumbprint. Paste the thumbprint characters into notepad.

Open the command prompt and run this command: Certutil /?. The command you'll want to run is:

certutil -repairstore my "{insert all of the thumbprint characters here}"

When you see the response: “CertUtil: -repairstore command completed successfully” you should have a private key associated with the .crt file in the personal store.

"ASN1 bad tag value met" error when processing a certificate request in IIS 7

There should no longer be any need to run through the “Complete Certificate Request...” wizard.

The certificate should show up in the IIS Manager’s list of server certificates at this point. It should also be available in the SSL Certificates drop-down list when attempting to edit the https binding for a website.

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