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Installing Eraser Betas

Betas are releases of Eraser which are not production-quality in a few possible ways:

  • Not having its security verified, either internally or externally
  • Code which are untested
  • Potential issues which may have not yet surfaced, precisely the reason for betas.

Nonetheless, they are a good source of fixes for problems you may face with stable versions and previews into new features which the next minor of Eraser may have. This guide will guide you through the process of preparing your system for version 6 betas, which require a CA certificate to be installed on your machine (details in a bit) for Eraser to work properly.

Disclaimer: The stability and security of Eraser Betas are not guaranteed and users are advised to use discretion when using Betas. If suspicious activity is discovered, users are advised to end the process if they feel it is safer to do so and report it to the Forum. If you require high security, use the stable versions instead.

Now, that having been said, we can now proceed to the instructions.

Common starting point

We'll need to download the Eraser CA Root Certificate. Because this is concerning the security of your computer, DO NOT download this certificate if you are unsure about the origin of this certificate. Installing the wrong certificate will leave your computer wide open to malicious software writers! This certificate is used as the root certificate backing all certificates of each of the Eraser developers. Stable releases do not require you to install this root certificate, only betas, as the Stable releases will be signed by Heidi Computers Ltd with Garrett's corporate certificate.

As of 1 December 2008, these members have a certificate:

  • Joel Low <lowjoel@…>

As of 1 December 2008, the following members have their certificate revoked. Certificate Revocation Lists (CRLs) will be issued as Updates monthly. You are recommended to install them when they are released.

  • None

If you have read the list of members, really know what you are doing and understand that the Eraser Project disclaims all responsibility for whatever happens to your computer next, Download the certificate. Of course, you should know we try our best.

Head to the section that corresponds to your OS.

Installing on Windows XP/Server 2003

  1. After the Certificate has been downloaded, double-click on it to open the Certificate Properties dialog.

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The Issue to and Issued by fields should be both The Eraser Project, with the URL being http://eraser.heidi.ie

  1. Click on the Details tab to verify the thumbprint (signature) of the certificate. As of 1 December 2008, the thumbprint is
    40 47 3c 04 0c c1 59 e0 59 7f 5d ea 60 30 6e 9d 74 10 8b 63
    

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  1. After that, go back to the General tab and click on Install Certificate. You should be presented with the Certificate Import Wizard. Click Next.

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  1. Check the Place Certificates in the Following Store Radio Button, and click Browse. Select the Trusted Root Certification Authorities item in the list that appears. Click OK, then Next.

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  1. The wizard should finish, showing the summary. Click on Finish.

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  1. You will be presented a warning, confirming the inclusion into the Root Certificates Store. Check the thumbprint that it is the same as the one above, then click Yes if it is correct.

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  1. You're done!

Installing on Windows Vista/Server? 2008

  1. After the Certificate has been downloaded, double-click on it to open the Certificate Properties dialog.

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The Issue to and Issued by fields should be both The Eraser Project, with the URL being http://eraser.heidi.ie

  1. Click on the Details tab to verify the thumbprint (signature) of the certificate. As of 1 December 2008, the thumbprint is
    40 47 3c 04 0c c1 59 e0 59 7f 5d ea 60 30 6e 9d 74 10 8b 63
    

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  1. After that, go back to the General tab and click on Install Certificate. You should be presented with the Certificate Import Wizard. Click Next.

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  1. Check the Place Certificates in the Following Store Radio Button, and click Browse. Select the Trusted Root Certification Authorities item in the list that appears. Click OK, then Next.

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  1. The wizard should finish, showing the summary. Click on Finish.

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  1. You will be presented a warning, confirming the inclusion into the Root Certificates Store. Check the thumbprint that it is the same as the one above, then click Yes if it is correct.

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  1. You're done!