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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    fogbugzd (profile), 4 Jun 2012 @ 8:35pm

    One problem with the cert system is pricing. Most companies offering reasonably priced certs gets acquired by one of the big players, and the low prices disappear.

    Beyond that, it would be nice to have an alternate and possibly a redundant system for certifications.

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