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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Filed Under: ban list, censorship, https, roskomnadzor, russia, security certificate, ssl
Companies: comodo


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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Jul 2016 @ 9:10am

    Didn't this happen in an episode of Max Headroom? The censor censoring the censor.

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