Feeds

F-In-Secure muddles up its digital certificate

One certificate, lots of sites - nul points for ecommerce

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

F-Secure has become the latest security firm to get its online credentials in a twist.

Register reader Richard George spotted that prospective customers who want to download software from www.f-secure.com were warned that the name of the site doesn't match the name on its digital certificate. A closer look reveals that the digital certificate on the site, which was supplied by Verisign, is for europe.f-secure.com.

Spoofing the digital certificate of a site is a popular trick among crackers and prospective customers are hardly likely to be filled with confidence when they encounter the wrong certificate on the site. It's a bit like someone trying to get through immigration on their brother's passport - and equally unlikely to inspire trust.

Mikko Hyppönen, manager of anti-virus research at F-Secure, admitted that people might be put off by the name mismatch on the digital certificate.

He said its web developers were aware of the issue and were working to fix it so that everyone was directed to the same site.

Why F-Secure couldn't buy a certificate for each of its sites was left unclear but I suppose they've got one up on Symantec in that at least the certificate F-Secure is using is up to date - it's just that it belongs to the wrong site. Splendid!

F-Secure, which is based in Finland, is best known for its antivirus products but also produces a file cryptographic product, so it really doesn't have much excuse for not understanding why trust is so important to encryption. Not good.

By way of punishment we'd suggest F-Secure follows in its country's traditions and send its Web developers out into a forest naked with a bunch of birch twigs in order to give themselves a good thrashing. It might concentrate their minds on what needs to be done. ®

Note

The problem with the mismatch of the name on the digital certificate and F-Secure's site was only apparent to us when we used Internet Explorer. Netscape Navigator, for reasons we don't immediately understand, didn't flag up the problem.

External Links

Microsoft Internet Explorer server certificate validation vulnerability (the perils of crackers impersonating trusted sites)

Related Stories

Symantec forgets to renew its digital certificate
Microsoft vexed by falsified certs

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.