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Old 24th March 2011
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From http://www.h-online.com/security/new...e-1213358.html

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According to Tor developer Jacob Appelbaum and a blog posting by the Mozilla Foundation, the Comodo SSL Certification Authority may have been compromised. As a consequence, criminals apparently obtained nine certificates for web sites that already existed, including addons.mozilla.org. There is no official statement on whether the situation was caused by insufficient checks during the certification process or by a breach of Comodo's infrastructure.

However, what initially appeared to be a problem for Comodo is now forcing browser developers to take counter measures and release updates. Otherwise, criminals could, for example, redirect users to a bogus Firefox plug-in page and offer them infected add-ons to install – as the page would possess a valid server certificate for addons.mozilla.org, users would be unaware, and Firefox wouldn't issue an alert. Similar attacks on online banking sites are also conceivable.
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This was fixed in Firefox4 before it was shipped.
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For the latest news see SSL meltdown: a cyber war attack?
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Jacob Applebaum’s blog post on the subject is really informative.

Also, revocation doesn’t work.

There are some Firefox extensions that do Web of Trust or Trust on First Use for SSL certificates; I’m curious as to how well those work and if they can be generalized to work across the whole OS.

And the EFF has the “SSL Observatory” mailing list that may have more interesting discussion.

Affected domains:
  • login.live.com
  • mail.google.com
  • www.google.com
  • login.yahoo.com (3 certificates)
  • login.skype.com
  • addons.mozilla.org
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