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

From: <Valdis.Kletnieks_at_nospam>
Date: Mon Jan 05 2009 - 19:46:42 GMT
To: Tim <tim-security@sentinelchicken.org>

On Mon, 05 Jan 2009 11:25:58 PST, Tim said:
> 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 *slightly* better, in that it guards against passive sniffing attacks on the data in transit. You're right that it doesn't guard against an active MITM attack.

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