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FAQ: Kernel-Mode Code Signing Certificates

Many of SSL.com’s customers have questions about code signing in Windows, especially in regard to signing kernel-mode drivers. This FAQ answers common questions developers may have about kernel-mode code signing in Windows.

SSL.com’s EV Code Signing certificates offer Windows 10 kernel-mode code signing and an instant SmartScreen reputation boost, all for as low as $240.00 per year. They are delivered on secure YubiKey FIPS USB tokens with two-factor authentication.

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What kind of code signing certificate do I need to sign kernel-mode drivers in Windows 10?

An EV code signing certificate is required for kernel-mode code signing in Windows 10. For more information on code signing certificate validation levels and applications, please refer to our FAQ, Which Code Signing Certificate do I Need? EV or OV?

How do I sign kernel-mode drivers in Windows 10?

After acquiring an EV code signing certificate, your organization must register with the Windows Hardware Dev Center program. After you sign your driver with your EV certificate, it must be submitted for signing by Microsoft through the Hardware Dev Center. For complete information, please refer to Microsoft’s documentation:
Kernel-Mode Code Signing Requirements
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Do I need an EV code signing certificate to sign user-mode drivers in Windows 10 too?

Yes. According to Microsoft’s documentation on Signing a Driver for Public Release, “Starting in Windows 10, you also need to submit any new Windows 10 kernel mode driver for digital signing on the Windows Hardware Developer Center Dashboard portal. Both kernel and user mode driver submissions must have a valid Extended Validation (“EV”) Code Signing Certificate.”

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