Less than two months after a ban came into effect for new SSL/TLS certificates signed with the weak SHA-1 hashing algorithm, exemptions are already starting to take shape.Mozilla announced Wednesday that it will allow Symantec, which runs one of the world’s largest certificate authorities, to issue nine new such certificates to a customer in order to accommodate over 10,000 payment terminals that haven’t been upgraded in time.According to a discussion on the Mozilla security policy mailing list, Worldpay, a large payment processor, failed to migrate some of its SSL/TLS servers to SHA-2 certificates. As a result of an oversight, the company also didn’t obtain new SHA-1 certificates for those servers before Dec. 31, 2015, when it was still allowed to do so.SHA-1, an aging hashing algorithm, is in the process of being phased out because it is theoretically vulnerable to attacks that could result in forged digital certificates and it’s only a matter of time before someone gains the capability to do this.As a result, the CA/Browser Forum, a group of certificate authorities and browser makers that sets guidelines for the issuance and use of digital certificates, decided that new SHA-1-signed certificates should not be issued after Jan. 1, 2016. SHA-1… Read full this story
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