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The Week When Attackers Started Winning The War On Trust
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macker490
macker490,
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11/24/2014 | 8:04:16 AM
current practice skips the Critical Step: recognition
the current practice of blasting x.509 certificates out to browsers en masse skips the critical step in security: recognition.

an invalid certificate or incorrectly selected certificate may look "OK" -- but most of us will be unable to tell if the XYZ Company or the X Y Z Company -- is the correct certificate.      combine this with the habit of companies to change things around on occasion and the safety of the x.509 certificate is reduced to Hope and Prayer.


x.509 certificates should be broadcast with magninal trust only.

each of use should vet the certificates we need to use on critical applications -- and then countersign the certificate, bringing it to Full Trust.

Vendors have been attempting to automate the x.509 for customers.   But they have made a mess by skipping the Critical Step.


Places like Credit Unions and other Financial offices would provide the  "fingerprints"  needed to verify a certificate.


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