Fixing Postfix “certificate verification failed for gmail untrusted issuer” Error Message

A while back, I noticed a recurring error in my maillog that read:

postfix/smtp: certificate verification failed for gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com[74.125.53.27]:25: untrusted issuer /C=US/O=Equifax/OU=Equifax Secure Certificate Authority

If you’re seeing this too, there’s an easy fix.

The problem stems from the fact that Google changed certificate providers from Thawte to Equifax, and your mail system doesn’t recognize the Equifax certificate authority as valid. The solution is to add a copy of the Equifax certificate to Postfix’s local root certificate store. And while we’re at it, we may as well add Thawte’s as well.

Step 1: Back up your original root certificate store
Before messing with any of the settings, do the following to backup your original root certificate:

# cd /etc/postfix/ssl
# cp cacert.pem cacert.pem.bak
Step 2: Create local copies of Equifax and Thawte certificates
Using your favorite text editor, create a file called Equifax_Secure_CA.pem in the /etc/postfix/ssl directory. Paste the following into the file:

-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
MIIDIDCCAomgAwIBAgIENd70zzANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQUFADBOMQswCQYDVQQGEwJVUzEQMA4GA1UE
ChMHRXF1aWZheDEtMCsGA1UECxMkRXF1aWZheCBTZWN1cmUgQ2VydGlmaWNhdGUgQXV0aG9yaXR5
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nzANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQEFAAOBjQAwgYkCgYEAwV2xWGcIYu6gmi0fCG2RFGiYCh7+2gRvE4RiIcPR
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8Q+XarfCaCMczE1ZMKxRHjuvK9buY0V7xdlfUNLjUA86iOe/FP3gx7kCAwEAAaOCAQkwggEFMHAG
A1UdHwRpMGcwZaBjoGGkXzBdMQswCQYDVQQGEwJVUzEQMA4GA1UEChMHRXF1aWZheDEtMCsGA1UE
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70+sB3c4
-----END CERTIFICATE-----

Next, create a file called Thawte_Premium_Server_CA.pem in the /etc/postfix/ssl directory and paste the following into that file:

-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----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UCemDaYj+bvLpgcUQg==
-----END CERTIFICATE-----

Step 3: Add the Equifax and Thawte certificates into your local root certificate file
Add the two new certificates into your local root certificate file with:

cat /etc/postfix/ssl/Equifax_Secure_CA.pem >> /etc/postfix/ssl/cacert.pem
echo >> /etc/postfix/ssl/cacert.pem
cat /etc/postfix/ssl/Thawte_Premium_Server_CA.pem >> /etc/postfix/ssl/cacert.pem
(the second command above adds a line break between the two certs in your local root cert file)

Step 4: Restart Postfix
Restart Postfix with:

# postfix reload
Send a message through your SMTP server to a Gmail test address and you should no longer see those errors in your maillog!

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