Access "Breaches prompt call for certificate authority architecture alternatives"
This article is part of the October 2011 issue of Spotlight on top security trends of 2011 and Security 7 award winners
This summer’s attack on Dutch certificate authority DigiNotar has prompted browser makers to stop accepting the firm’s digital certificates and fueled a renewed interest in finding a replacement for the fragile Internet digital certificate infrastructure. DigiNotar’s security practices and technologies were woefully inadequate, according to Dutch security firm Fox-IT, which conducted an audit of its systems. The certificate authority, which sells commercial secure socket layer (SSL) certificates and works with the Dutch government on its PKI implementation, received a hail of criticism when it announced Sept. 5 that a hacker had breached its systems and stole several SSL certificates. The breach actually occurred July 19; DigiNotar thought it had quietly revoked all fraudulent certificates. But the compromise of the company’s CA servers came to light when security researchers discovered DigiNotar had issued a valid SSL wildcard certificate for Google to an Iranian-based entity. The rogue Google certificate is believed to have been used to monitor Gmail ... Access >>>
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