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posted by martyb on Friday December 11 2015, @04:55PM   Printer-friendly
from the failure-to-communicate dept.

SHA1 certificates for secure SSL/TLS communications are deprecated due to known computational vulnerabilities. To ensure secure communications, a forced deprecation sounds reasonable (i.e. refuse to connect to these). That has the side effect that it will lock out many users who are unable to use stronger hashes such as SHA256. However, if a fallback to SHA1 is provided (as Facebook is proposing), everyone will be vulnerable to SHA1 downgrade man-in-the-middle attacks.

What to do?

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 11 2015, @07:44PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 11 2015, @07:44PM (#275112)

    It is a rather sad state of affairs that a login to some dumb social media site is considered a matter of life and death.

    Maybe not death but life. So much can go wrong. False flag etc. Ready to be "gang raped" by the system and everyone who thinks you're a pedophile?

    And why are you SomeGuy? Is that your real name or is your real name truly sensitive data too? A matter of life and death?

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  • (Score: 2) by cafebabe on Saturday December 12 2015, @07:47AM

    by cafebabe (894) on Saturday December 12 2015, @07:47AM (#275330) Journal

    At times like this, I wish that I had picked a witty username like WitnessProtected or TheFBI [].