Hey, Apple/Google! What's taking you so long to block those fraudulent SSL certificates?

Summary:On August 30, DigiNotar announced that its servers had been compromised and that fake certificates might have leaked into the wild.

Microsoft issued a patch last Tuesday blocking all SSL certificates issued by DigiNotar, but Google and Apple have yet to offer protection for their OS users.

DigiNotar is one out of  hundreds of firms that are authorized to issue digital certificates used to verify the identity of a website. On August 30 the company announced that its servers had been compromised and that fake certificates might have leaked into the wild.

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As a result of this breach Microsoft released a patch to block all DigiNotar certificates. Google, Mozilla and Opera have patched their browsers to block the certificates too. However, Google has yet to issue a patch for the Android mobile OS.

That's bad.

But it gets worse. Apple hasn't begun patching anything ... leaving Mac OS X, iOS and Safari users in danger from being duped by these fake certificates. That's a LOT of users being left vulnerable.

Note: Mac OS X users browsing the web with Chrome or Firefox then those browsers are offering you protection.

Come on Apple! You're a company with over $70 billion in cash ... why are you dragging your heels over something so important?

No, it doesn't!

Topics: Apple, Google, Networking, Security

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