EFF, Others Launch New Free Security Certificate Authority To 'Dramatically Increase Encrypted Internet Traffic'

from the very-cool dept

The EFF and Mozilla along with some others, have teamed up to announce "Let's Encrypt" which is a new, free, certificate authority that is hoping to dramatically increase encrypted internet traffic when it launches next summer. The effort is being overseen by the Internet Security Research Group, which is the non-profit coalition of folks contributing to this effort. Not only is the effort going to offer free certificates, but also make it much easier to enable encryption.
We've argued for a long time about the importance of increasing encryption online, so it's great to see this effort.

Filed Under: certificate authority, encryption, https, let's encrypt, security, ssl
Companies: cisco, eff, internet security research group, mozilla

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2014 @ 1:07pm

    Worrying example

    Their How It Works page says:
    enabling HTTPS for your site will be as easy as installing a small piece of certificate management software on the server:
    $ sudo apt-get install lets-encrypt
    $ lets-encrypt example.com
    That’s all there is to it! https://example.com is immediately live.
    If that second command is really going to work without sudo or any other authentication, that's a bit worrying. A random unprivileged user shouldn't be able to reconfigure the server.
    The general idea looks nice, and I hope it will work for email too. But Mozilla should really implement DANE support as soon as possible, to ensure this CA is only a temporary solution (for old browsers).

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