HTTP 404 after installing an SSL Certificate

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I was configuring an SSL certificate and once complete, when I attempted to access the website using https://localhost I started receiving a 404 error as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1, 404 HTTP Status after installing an SSL Certificate

I tried some shots at troubleshooting the issue using Failed Request Tracing and LogParser to view the IIS logs, but didn’t get a Failed Request Trace and I found no entry in the IIS logs.  I confirmed that there was a default document in the websites directory and even browsed right to it and still got a 404.  Obviously, this is not a File Not Found issue.

My bindings were similar to that shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2, SSL/443 binding causing a 404

As the issue was not being logged into the IIS logs, I concluded that the issue must be happening at the HTTP level.  So I looked in the HTTP Error logs located by default at c:\windows\system32\logfiles\HTTPERR and did find the error being logged, a subset of that is shown below.

2013-11-12 13:15:58 ::1%0 61522 ::1%0 443 HTTP/1.1 GET / 404 - NotFound -
2013-11-12 13:16:23 ::1%0 61526 ::1%0 443 HTTP/1.1 GET / 404 - NotFound -
2013-11-12 13:17:08 ::1%0 61533 ::1%0 443 HTTP/1.1 GET / 404 - NotFound -

After some effort and just looking at the bindings again, I determined that the reason for the error was due to the fact that I was accessing the website using https://localhost for which there was no binding.  I.e. there was no binding for *:443 or localhost:443.

I should note that I added the following entry to the HOSTS file so that https://invalidhostname did indeed render as expected.  Ex. “ invalidhostname

I updated the bindings so they reflected that shown in Figure 3, so that when I now made the request, the 404 was gone.

Figure 3, SSL/443 binding causing a 404, solution

This was a problem that took me some time to resolve, so just sharing in case it saves others some time.

Comments (8)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks – I've just had a similar problem and this helped me fix it.

    Am I right in thinking that when using TLS the host header is basically ignored as you can only have one certificate per IP address (I seem to remember setting up sites in Apache this way)?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yes you are, and you have solved my problem!

  3. I am glad you liked the article and additionally happy someone answered the question for you.

  4. D says:

    I am still facing same issue. I have created 3 entries in binding shown as above Screen short.

  5. Ankit Gupta says:

    Thanks man. You saved my life!.. 🙂

  6. Boyan Minchev says:

    I hade similar problem after installing the Dedicated IP and SSL on my hosting account.

  7. Mark Gregory says:

    Had the same problem, and was scratching my head over here.
    Makes sense, bound by protocol and port probably should ignore host headers. I simply removed the host header value, then everything worked as expected.
    Thanks for posting!

  8. Ravi says:

    Not sure if this is the right place to post my issue but let’s see.

    Configured SSL on my custom domain on Blogger and getting 404 not found error when I type

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