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Firefox 63 to Distrust All Symantec Root Certificates

Mozilla this week detailed its plans to completely distrust Symantec root certificates in Firefox 63, set to arrive in October 2018.

Over the past couple of years, numerous problems have emerged regarding the wrongful issuance of certificates issued by the Certification Authority (CA) run by Symantec, one of the oldest and largest CAs.

These issues prompted Internet companies such as Google and Mozilla to gradually remove trust in all Symantec TLS/SSL certificates and also resulted in Symantec selling its CA business to DigiCert.

Mozilla expressed concerns that the deal wouldn’t bring the expected changes, as the same Symantec team would be in charge of certificate issuance for DigiCert. The CA, however, said it would validate all certificates requested through Symantec and issue them through its own infrastructure.

The Symantec certificates snafu resulted in browser vendors gradually removing trust in TLS/SSL certificates issued by the company, even after the announced...(continued)

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