Russian Censor Bans Comodo… Doesn't Realize Its Own Security Certificate Is From Comodo

from the ow!-my-foot!-shot-it-right-off! dept

The Russian government’s state censorship organization, Roskomnadzor (technically its telecom regulator) has been especially busy lately as the government has continued to crack down on websites it doesn’t like. However, as pointed out by Fight Copyright Trolls, it appears that Roskomnadzor may have gone a bit overboard recently, in response to a court ruling that had a massive list of sites to be banned (over a thousand pages). Apparently, as part of that, various sites associated with Comodo were all banned. That’s pretty bad for a variety of reasons, starting with the fact that Comodo remains one of the most popular issuers of secure certificates for HTTPS.

In fact, as many quickly noted, Roskomnadzor’s own website happens to be secured with a certificate from… Comodo:

It’s not entirely clear the impact of this, but the Rublacklist site appears to be implying (via my attempt at understanding Google translate’s translation…) that this also means that sites that rely on Roskomnadzor’s registry of sites to block… may be blocked from accessing the list. Because its own site is effectively blocked by the list. Oops.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Kirk: Ohuru, contact the planet, we have to warn them.

Ohuru: I can’t get through…

Spock: They appear to be blocking our communications, captain.

Kirk: They’re blocking our warning? That’s really stupid blocking…

Checkov: Russia inwented really stupid blocking!

Spock: As I informed you earlier, There is No intelligent life down there.

Dingledore the Flabberghaster says:

If the block list is blocked, won't they be unblocked?

But then, if they’re unblocked, they’re free to be blocked, which will unblock them, allowing them to be blocked, having the effect of unblocking them until they’re immediately blocked again.

At what point will they fire their Net Admins and hire some philosophers on ornithology?

Anonymous Coward says:

No contact necessary?

As I understand SSL handshaking, the list of trusted CAs is a list on the user’s computer. Entries on that list get updated (IE revoked, etc) through OCSP or a downloaded Certificate Revocation List (CRL).

On the one hand, contact with the issuing server is not necessary to continue using the certificate.

On the other hand, the issuing CA is also where the revocation issues from….

All this from a 10 minute Google search. Please correct me where appropriate.

Whoever says:

Re: No contact necessary?

On the other hand, the issuing CA is also where the revocation issues from….

Yeah, that was my thought. Blocking Comodo has 2 effects:
1. Stops new sales by Comodo
2. Stops people downloading Comodo’s list of revoked certificates.

Perhaps there is a certificate that Comodo has issued in error, but the Russians would like to continue using it?

Skeeter says:

Trust Certificates, really?

The grander humor to all of this is the idea of a ‘Trust Certificate’ to begin with. Have any commenting actually looked at what it takes to get a ‘trust’ certificate? Ever wonder why the new fad is to ‘revoke previously issued Trust Certificates’?

It’s because Comodo, like a LOT of other CA’s have done their best to emulate the BBB, and sell Trust Certificates to most anyone with a phone and a credit card! Now, they find out (after the horse is out of the barn) that a LOT of those certs they sold went to: Russian Mafia, unknown government entities and more. Now, they want to ‘revoke’ them, and ‘legitimately scrutinize’ who’s actually buying them. Layman’s terms: OOPS!

So, before you think it’s funny that these ‘certificates’ are revoked, or the CA is now black-listed, maybe, just maybe you need to understand that it doesn’t take a ‘little green padlock’ in the URL bar to get someone to visit your site anymore than a ‘little green padlock’ missing will stop them.

You don’t go to websites you don’t mean to, and you default to trusting sites you go to without looking whether there is a padlock in that URL bar when you do. If money or personal ID aren’t ‘in-transit’, few care, and fewer look.

Hey, I thought everyone wanted to be in the ‘cloud’ nowdays with their G-Strings showing? I thought everyone wanted to go ‘no privacy’, and that Google-NSA was a good thing, remember?

In reality, CA’s are like ISO certification for manufacturing. In reality, it doesn’t make a better product, it makes a mediocre product cost more, and in most instances, bankrupts smaller companies in the end. Same with CA’s – it’s a scam to start with.

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