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I am using an SSL certificate for a website and the server redirects all http connections to https (a conscious choice). A tool provided by the CA says that the certificate has been installed succesfully, but when I visit the website...

  • with Firefox, the connection is initially shown as "partially encrypted" (no lock sign), but if I click on more information, identity is shown to be verified by the CA. Also, if I go to another tab and come back, the connection is shown as secure, with the lock sign displayed and the certificate correctly shown to be verified by the CA. Then, if I refresh the page or if I navigate to another page on the same domain the connection is shown again as partially encrypted. This could be a bug, but still it does happen.
  • with Opera, the connection is shown as insecure and if I click on details about the connection, it says that "The server attempted to apply security measures, but failed."
  • with Chromium or IE, the connection is shown as secure, with the lock sign displayed and everything working as expected.

Any thoughts on why the above occur?

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This is most likely happening because your not rendering all elements on the page as SSL.

Check the source of your page and ensure that local javascripts are loading via /path/script.js and not http://www.d.com/js/script.js.

Also ensure images and every other element is secure. Simply search for "http://" in the source, this includes external scripts/images.

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Indeed the problem was a <link> to an external font file in the header. For clarification on the behavior of Chromium and IE, I add that they did not load the external file and thus the connection was treated differently. No questions left unanswered then, thanks. –  alxs Apr 26 '13 at 12:28
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