DigiNotar Certificate Venerability Patched on Firefox 6.0.2

Firefox 6.0.2 has just come out, adding more protection to that provided by Firefox 6.0.1, which was necessitated by the mess caused by disgraced Dutch web security company DigiNotar.
Firefox 6.0.1 fixed Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2011-34, which simply pulled everything to do with DigiNotar from its list of trusted certificates. Loosely speaking, any certificate signed by DigitNotar, or any certificate signed by someone with a certificate signed by DigiNotar, and soad infinitum, was blown out of the water.
Any website with a certificate bought through DigiNotar therefore become untrusted at once. As Mozilla quite bluntly explained in the 6.0.1 update, "sites using certificates issued by DigiNotar will need to seek another certificate vendor." And that's how it should be. A Certificate Authority isn't supposed to make mistakes of this sort - not at all, let alone to this extent.
However, Firefox 6.0.1 exempted from its blockade any certificates signed by the Dutch State itself using its STAAT DER NEDERLANDEN ROOT CA signing certificate. Although tainted by association with DigiNotar, the Dutch public service was apparently convinced that none of the certificates it had issued were affected by any signing irregularities at DigiNotar.
It turned out that the Dutch authorities had not one, but two, Certificate Authorities of its own, and its second root certificate - imaginatively named STAAT DER NEDELANDEN ROOT CA - G2 was not exempted in Firefox 6.0.1. This was reported as a bug, and Mozilla set about adding an additional exemption for certificates signed by this CA. This would have reduced the impact of the Firefox certificate blockade on the web services provided by the Dutch authorities.
In the interim, however, the Dutch government abandoned trust in any of its own certificates, so the Firefox bugfix changed from "exempt the government CA we left out last time" to "remove the exemption for the government CA we exempted last time."
Let's see whether this fiasco causes the Dutch authorities to reconsider modern public service buzzwords such as "cloud" and "outsourcing"!
This sort of step - vigorously disowning everything tainted by DigiNotar - is aggressive but, in my opinion, necessary. Getting into a certification relationship with company X is like buying shares in company X. If the price goes down, all shareholders lose out simultaneously. If the company goes down, you go down with it.  
Brief About DigiNotar :- 
DigiNotar is the former Certificate Authority - or so-called "authority" - which managed to issue more than 500 bogus digital certificates in the name of major web properties such as Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google; in the name of intelligence agencies such as the Mossad and the CIA; and even, it seems, in the name of other certifying authorities.

To Download Firefox 6.0.2 Click Here

-News Source (Naked Security & Mozilla) 


Voice Of GREYHAT is a non-profit Organization propagating news specifically related with Cyber security threats, Hacking threads and issues from all over the spectrum. The news provided by us on this site is gathered from various Re-Sources. if any person have some FAQ's in their mind they can Contact Us. Also you can read our Privacy Policy for more info. Thank You ! -Team VOGH
If you enjoyed VOGH News, Articles Then Do Make sure you to Subscribe Our RSS feed. Stay Tuned with VOGH and get Updated about Cyber Security News, Hacking Threads and Lots More. All our Articles and Updates will directly be sent to Your Inbox. Thank You! -Team VOGH

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...