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New Proposal To Strengthen Public Key Infrastructure, SSL Chain

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Msg#: 4389911 posted 5:03 pm on Nov 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

New Proposal To Strengthen Public Key Infrastructure, SSL Chain [computerworld.com]
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is proposing an extension to the current SSL chain of trust that aims to improve the security of HTTPS and other secure communication protocols.

EFF's "Sovereign Keys" (SK) specification is designed to give domain owners control over the link between their domain names and their certificates after recent Certificate Authority (CA) compromises raised serious questions about the security of the entire Internet Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).



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Msg#: 4389911 posted 7:37 am on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

More control for webmasters over their own web properties, I'm all for it. The fewer companies and 3rd party servers required the better.

These validated domain-certificate associations are kept on so-called timeline servers and are synchronized with mirrors that are queried by clients.

Ah well.


Msg#: 4389911 posted 9:59 am on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

In essence, the SK model reduces the number of attack points from hundreds of CAs to 30 or fewer servers where any compromise can be detected automatically. Suspicious entries and other indications of a security breach will cause a compromised server to be immediately ignored by mirrors and clients alike.

One good DoS attack and HTTPS breaks for everyone, everywhere!


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Msg#: 4389911 posted 6:41 pm on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

I think the recent Certificate Authority compromises were the tip of a newly emerging iceberg. Funny how the rhetoric goes '...it would take a hacker a zillion years to crack this' Then ...Hacked Do'h!

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