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.)