Risk
2/12/2014
10:43 AM
Dark Reading
Dark Reading
Products and Releases
50%
50%

Entrust Provides Answer To Deprecation Of Non-FQDN SSL Certificates

Entrust has introduced Private SSL Certificates that provide a method for the continued use of nonregistered domain names

DALLAS, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The use of non-fully qualified domain names (FQDN) in publically trusted certificates is being deprecated by November 1, 2015, and existing certificates containing non-FQDNs will be revoked by all public certification authorities by October 1, 2016. To help simplify this change, Entrust, Inc. introduces Private SSL Certificates that provide organizations an easy and affordable method for the continued use of non-registered domain names.

"While this is an important change to help strengthen the CA trust infrastructure, Entrust strongly believes there should be simple means for organizations to properly adapt to the new policies," said David Rockvam, Entrust Senior Vice President of Product Management and SaaS Offerings. "This new type of internal SSL certificate helps ensure security is not compromised and wholesale changes aren't required within the organization."

Per the CA/Browser Forum's latest Baseline Requirements, publicly trusted SSL certificates that use non-registered domains represent security vulnerabilities in the SSL trust chain. As a convenience for users, many servers in corporate networks are reachable by local names such as "mail," "wiki" or "hr." Most publicly trusted certificates for non-unique names are deployed in the context of local networks to enable trust in these local names without the additional cost of provisioning a new trust root to clients.

This may be especially desirable for networks lacking centralized policy deployment and management tools, such as "Bring Your Own Device" environments.

Unfortunately, even these legitimate deployments come with hidden dangers, and such certificates are frequently misused.

To combat this vulnerability, Entrust Private SSL Certificates provide the same key sizes, signing algorithms, validity periods and CA protection as Entrust's proven publicly trusted SSL certificates -- all issued via a private shared CA that ensures no two names are alike.

As an alternative, an organization also may elect to switch all internal SSL certificates to FQDNs and continue to use publically trusted SSL certificates.

Root certificate trust is automatically delivered by the operating system or the browser without the organization's IT involvement. Properly changing domain names, however, could take an extended period of time -- or even break integrations -- as they may be hard-coded into existing applications.

To help organizations understand the changes, Entrust offers a complimentary white paper, "Guidance on Non-FQDNs: The Deprecation of Internal Server Names and Reserved IP Addresses," which explains the policy modifications, why it was implemented and recommendations for possible options moving forward under the new requirements.

Entrust Certificate Services provide organizations with SSL and specialty digital certificates that are proven, cost-effective and supported by standards-based technology. Entrust's public root is ubiquitous on more than

99.9 percent of desktop and mobile browsers.

To learn more about Entrust Private SSL Certificates, visit entrust.com/PrivateSSL.

<>

About Entrust

A trusted provider of identity-based security solutions, Entrust secures governments, enterprises and financial institutions in more than 5,000 organizations spanning 85 countries. Entrust's award-winning software authentication platforms manage today's most secure identity credentials, addressing customer pain points for cloud and mobile security, physical and logical access, citizen eID initiatives, certificate management and SSL. For more information about Entrust products and services, call 888-690-2424, email entrust@entrust.com or visit www.entrust.com.

Entrust is a registered trademark of Entrust, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries. In Canada, Entrust is a registered trademark of Entrust Limited. All Entrust product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Entrust, Inc. or Entrust Limited. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2012-1978
Published: 2015-05-21
Multiple cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerabilities in Simple PHP Agenda 2.2.8 and earlier allow remote attackers to hijack the authentication of administrators for requests that (1) add an administrator via a request to auth/process.php, (2) delete an administrator via a request to auth/admi...

CVE-2015-0741
Published: 2015-05-21
Multiple cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerabilities in Cisco Prime Central for Hosted Collaboration Solution (PC4HCS) 10.6(1) and earlier allow remote attackers to hijack the authentication of arbitrary users, aka Bug ID CSCut04596.

CVE-2015-0742
Published: 2015-05-21
The Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) application in Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software 9.2(0.0), 9.2(0.104), 9.2(3.1), 9.2(3.4), 9.3(1.105), 9.3(2.100), 9.4(0.115), 100.13(0.21), 100.13(20.3), 100.13(21.9), and 100.14(1.1) does not properly implement multicast-forwarding registrati...

CVE-2015-0746
Published: 2015-05-21
The REST API in Cisco Access Control Server (ACS) 5.5(0.46.2) allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (API outage) by sending many requests, aka Bug ID CSCut62022.

CVE-2015-0915
Published: 2015-05-21
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in RAKUS MailDealer 11.2.1 and earlier allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via a crafted attachment filename.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Join security and risk expert John Pironti and Dark Reading Editor-in-Chief Tim Wilson for a live online discussion of the sea-changing shift in security strategy and the many ways it is affecting IT and business.