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Safari suddenly can't connect to any HTTPS site because it "can't establish a secure connection".

This is on an administrator account, not a managed account.

A different administrator account is able to use Safari with HTTPS, so must be something specific to my account, but I have no idea what.

Google Chrome has no problems connecting to HTTPS sites.

Things I have tried:

  • emptied Safari's cache
  • deleted Safari's preferences
  • reset Safari entirely
  • repaired Keychain (no errors found)
  • deleted Keychain (didn't help)
  • repaired permissions in Disk Utility
  • rebooted
  • hoped it would suddenly fix itself

All of the google results I saw suggested either repairing the Keychain (which I tried and which did not help) or were only applicable if there were "Parental Controls" involved, which doesn't apply here.

If I had to guess, I would think that wherever Safari is checking for "certificates" is somehow corrupted, but I could be wrong. I'm not even sure where to look for those - maybe ~/Library/?

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When I've had this problem in the past, it was because my system clock was set profoundly wrong. That's likely not your problem, but it's worth checking. –  Daniel Jun 12 '12 at 23:51
Good thought! But nope, my Mac is synced with Apple's own time server. –  TJ Luoma Jun 13 '12 at 13:47
@DanielLawson How could such behavior be related to the system clock? –  gentmatt Jun 13 '12 at 21:01
@gentmatt I suspect it has to do with certificate expiration checking, but I don't know. I just know that I've had trouble with https connections in the past when my system clock was reset to 1970 and I hadn't noticed. In any event, that isn't the problem here. –  Daniel Jun 13 '12 at 22:14
If you removed the revocation file then it suggests a cert was marked as expired at some point? –  user52261 Jun 28 '13 at 12:00

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

A report on forums.macrumors.com seems to be fairly similar to yours. This happens as well in Safari 5.1 and is very recent.

The solution was to delete:

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YES YES YES! THANK YOU! I did not have that exact file but I had 'com.apple.security.revocation.plist' and when I deleted that file, Safari works again. THANK YOU! –  TJ Luoma Jun 13 '12 at 22:07
I'm glad that this got solved :) –  gentmatt Jun 14 '12 at 9:25
for me it was deleting everything in (I moved, rather than deleted) ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.security.* Afterwards, I was able to connect to https:// websites again, and my laptop recreated ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.security.cloudkeychainproxy3.keysToRegister.pli‌​st (one of the files I had moved). –  Dannid Jul 7 at 17:41

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