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Re: [Full-disclosure] FD / lists.grok.org - bad SSL cert

From: Tim <tim-security_at_nospam>
Date: Mon Jan 05 2009 - 19:25:58 GMT
To: James Matthews <nytrokiss@gmail.com>

> SSL certs cost money. This one works the same. etc..

Uh, no, actually CAs provide some weak assurance that the certificate is the real one and associated with that server. A self-signed one provides none. If you can't, in some way, authenticate the certificate then SSL is not any better than sending data plain text. It's not that I approve of the current SSL PKI regime, but it's still better than none.


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