Revocation information for the security certificate for this site is not available. Do you want to proceed?

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Recent versions of Java at my company have been throwing up the following error message for my users “Revocation information for the security certificate for this site is not available. Do you want to proceed ?”:

Certificate Revocation Error.

It turns out that this error appears because of a certificate error with a certificate issued to: javadl-esd-secure.oracle.com but I’ve not been able to delve in further as this URL doesn’t actually work.

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I found an Oracle Community thread here discussing the error which gives some insight into the issue.

After investigation it appears that you can manually address this issue by switching off  a setting in Internet Explorer by navigating to Internet Options -> Advanced ->Security -> Check for Server Certificate Revocation*:

Check for Server Certificate Revocation

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The problem with setting this manually is that you have to do it on every machine, this isn’t good if you manage hundreds of machines.

The way I resolved this at my company is by Group Policy. I disabled the following GPO in our top level policy and the error message went away:

User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Internet Explorer/Internet Control Panel/advanced Page/Check for Server certificate revocation .

I know this isn’t a solution as it is just hiding the error but every time I update Java I have been checking to see if this error has disappeared but as of Java SE 7u45 it still appears.

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Can you improve on any of the tips I’ve discussed here? If you can let me know in the comments.

Source: thoughts.stuart-edwards.info

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