Feeds

Google might shun Dutch gov certificates from DigiNotar

Chrome update prepared to kill 2 certs

Reducing security risks from open source software

Bring us the head of DigiNotar

As the Google statement suggests, DigiNotar has so far released few details about counterfeit SSL certificates that were signed with its root key. DigiNotar's parent company, an Illinois-based supplier of two-factor authentication products called Vasco Data Security, waited more than 24 hours after the bogus Google certificate was first spotted in the wild to admit its subsidiary had suffered a security 41 days earlier that resulted in the issuance of fraudulent certificates for “a number” of websites, including Google's.

A spokesman for DigiNotar later told IDG News that the breach affected “several dozen” websites but didn't say which ones. Meanwhile, an update to Google Chrome blacklisted a total of 247 certificates that were described as “Bad DigiNotar leaf certificates for non-Google sites.”

Mozilla has since said its site hosting powerful addons for Firefox and Thunderbird was also affected, lending credence to a report that claimed bogus certificates for websites belonging to Yahoo, the Tor Project, WordPress and the Baladin blogging service in Iran were also generated.

Tor Project programmer Jacob Appelbaum recently said that he uncovered evidence that DigiNotar issued a total of 12 bogus certificates for the anonymity service's website, and contrary to claims from the Dutch certificate authority, he can find no evidence any of them have been revoked.

Given DigiNotar's failure to disclose the breach and assure the world it's cleaning up the mess it created, it's understandable that browser makers would have doubts about any certificate that's chained to the CA's root certificate. One can only hope that DigiNotar insecurity is an exception among CAs. If blocking just one is this hard, imagine what it would be like blocking even a small fraction of the thousands of others. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot
Dirty QWERTY a perfect P@ssword1 for garbage websites
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'
Swapping other people's sexts is a fringe benefit, says Snowden
L33t haxxors compete to p0wn popular home routers
EFF-endorsed SOHOpelessly Broken challenge will air routers' dirty zero day laundry
Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too
Remote code exec in HTTP server hands kit to bad guys
British data cops: We need greater powers and more money
You want data butt kicking, we need bigger boots - ICO
Crooks fling banking Trojan at Japanese smut site fans
Wait - they're doing online banking with an unpatched Windows PC?
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.