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Google Follows Mozilla And Apple In Blocking New WoSign And StartCom Certificates

Google Follows Mozilla And Apple In Blocking New WoSign And StartCom Certificates

When the misbehavior of WoSign and StartCom was discovered this summer, Mozilla was quick to create a plan for punishing the rogue certificate authorities.Last week, the nonprofit organization behind the popular Firefox web browser published a list of actions it’s going to take against the two CAs, and now Google is doing the same by announcing that it’s going to distrust WoSign and StartCom certificates issued on October 21 or later.WoSign Misbehaves, Mozilla And Apple ReactEarlier this year, WoSign, a Chinese certificate authority, was found to backdate SHA-1 certificates to work around the new policy for certificate authorities to stop issuing those certificates after January 1, 2016.

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Google joins Mozilla and Apple in distrusting WoSign certificates

Google joins Mozilla and Apple in distrusting WoSign certificates

With the release of Chrome version 56, expected to happen in January 2017, certificates issued by WoSign and its recently acquired StartCom certificate authority (CA) after midnight on October 21 will not be trusted by the browser.Google said in a blog post that certificates issued prior to October 21 would be trusted if they complied with Chrome’s Certificate Transparency policy, or the domain using the credentials was on a whitelist of domains known to be customers of the two authorities.”Due to a number of technical limitations and concerns, Google Chrome is unable to trust all pre-existing certificates while ensuring our users are sufficiently protected from further misissuance,” Andrew Whalley of Chrome Security said.

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Google to untrust WoSign and StartCom certificates

Google to untrust WoSign and StartCom certificates

Following similar decisions by Mozilla and Apple, Google plans to reject new digital certificates issued by two certificate authorities because they violated industry rules and best practices.The ban will go into effect in Chrome version 56, which is currently in the dev release channel, and will apply to all certificates issued by certificate authorities WoSign and StartCom after October 21.Browsers rely on digital certificates to verify the identity of websites and to establish encrypted connections with them.

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