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Creating Certificate Bundles With CA Intermediate Certificates

the order of certificates in the file is important. RFC 4346 for TLS 1.1 states:

This is a sequence (chain) of X.509v3 certificates. The sender's certificate must come first in the list. Each following certificate must directly certify the one preceding it.

Thus the order is:

  1. Your domain's certificate
  2. Vendor's intermediate certificate that certifies (1)
  3. Vendor's intermediate certificate that certifies (2)
… n. Vendor's root certificate that certifies (n-1). Optional, because it should be contained in client's CA store.
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