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Re: Security team successfully cracks SSL using 200 PS3's and MD5 flaw.
From: Joe Abley <jabley () hopcount ca>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 11:00:34 -0500


On 2009-01-02, at 09:04, Rodrick Brown wrote:

A team of security researchers and academics has broken a core piece
of Internet technology. They made their work public at the 25th Chaos
Communication Congress in Berlin today. The team was able to create a
rogue certificate authority and use it to issue valid SSL certificates
for any site they want. The user would have no indication that their
HTTPS connection was being monitored/modified.

I read a comment somewhere else that while this is interesting, and good work, and well done, in practice it's much easier to social- engineer a certificate with a stolen credit card from a real CA than it is to create a fake CA.

(I'd give proper attribution if I could remember who it was, but it put things into perspective for me at the time so I thought I'd share.)


Joe



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