Flame Malware Signed By 'Rogue' Microsoft Cert, Once Again Highlights Problems With Relying On Certs

from the time-to-move-forward dept

We've discussed in the past just how dangerous our reliance on Certificate Authorities "signing" security certificates has become. This is a key part of the way we handle security online, and yet it's clearly subject to abuse. The latest such example: the now infamous Flame malware that targeted computer systems in the Middle East was signed by a "rogue" Microsoft certificate -- one which was supposed to be used for allowing employees to log into a remote system. Microsoft rushed out a security update over the weekend, but that doesn't change the core problem: the whole setup of relying so heavily on secure certificates seems to be increasingly dangerous.

Filed Under: certificate authorities, flame, malware, middle east, security
Companies: microsoft


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    Mike Masnick (profile), 4 Jun 2012 @ 11:42pm

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    You can't have certificates without some sort of authority. The entire infrastructure relies on trust of some hierarchy, somewhere.

    I never said we needed to DO AWAY with the CAs, but we need to become less reliant on them -- and DNSSEC certainly helps on that front. I'm not arguing that it's terrible and needs to be dumped completely, so don't put words in my mouth.

    I'm just saying we're currently overly reliant on the CAs today.

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