Invalid vCenter Cert using macOS Catalina and Chrome

I had redeployed my home lab vCenter appliance, and upon attempting to access the vCenter UI, I was denied access and encountered the following error “NET::ERR_CERT_INVALID



Details in the Error

vc.virtuallywired.io normally uses encryption to protect your information. When Google Chrome tried to connect to vc.virtuallywired.io this time, the website sent back unusual and incorrect credentials. This may happen when an attacker is trying to pretend to be vc.virtuallywired.io, or a Wi-Fi sign-in screen has interrupted the connection. Your information is still secure because Google Chrome stopped the connection before any data was exchanged.


You cannot visit vc.virtuallywired.io at the moment because the website sent scrambled credentials that Google Chrome cannot process. Network errors and attacks are usually temporary, so this page will probably work later.



Resolution

I did a bit of digging around, and it seems to be a widespread issue with macOS Catalina and Google Chrome. Also, my previous vCenter installation had a signed certificate from ZeroSSL, which I believe is why I didn’t exhibit the issue before redeploying the appliance. 

Fortunately, the fix was surprisingly easy. When you are on the error page, type the characters “thisisunsafe“, and you will be directed to the vCenter UI. The fix was permanent unless Google Chrome settings were reset.

I hope you found this information helpful, feel free to comment below 🙂

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    1. No worries man, glad you found it useful. To be honest I had resolved if before then forgot how I fixed it, so I decided to post it this time so I could refer back in 3 months time when I forget again 😜

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