14% of SSL Certificates Are Vulnerable

4 01 2009

Netcraft provided more details on a critical digital certificate
vulnerability revealed last week. Although Microsoft downplayed the
problem by stating that the successful exploit was not published,
Netcraft found that 14% of SSL certificates use the vulnerable MD5
hashing algorithm.

That number may provide a large enough target for
attackers to invest time into cracking MD5, while certificate
authorities will have a choice of using MD5 and hope that it will not
be cracked or transitioning to a stronger encryption technology such as
SHA-1.


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