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Microsoft KB Archive/171135

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Access Forbidden Accessing Secure Website

Article ID: 171135

Article Last Modified on 6/23/2005


  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 2.0
  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 3.0
  • Microsoft Certificate Server 1.0

This article was previously published under Q171135

We strongly recommend that all users upgrade to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version 6.0 running on Microsoft Windows Server 2003. IIS 6.0 significantly increases Web infrastructure security. For more information about IIS security-related topics, visit the following Microsoft Web site:


When you try to access a web site, the browser displays the following error message:

HTTP/1.1 403 Access Forbidden

Secure Channel Required

This virtual directory requires a browser that supports the configured encryption options.


The web site you are trying to access requires the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption protocol. As a result, http:// will not work.


Change the URL to read https://. This instructs the browser to use the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption protocol.

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