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Microsoft Certificate Updater

Published: 2012-06-13
Last Updated: 2012-06-13 19:40:31 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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Microsoft released an automatic updated for untrusted certificates. A bid sad that we need this, but it does appear to be necessary to have a method to continuously update a bad certificate lists. The goal of the new updater is to allow for updates to the untrusted certificate store in one day or less after a new bad certificate is known.

Key revocation lists and OCSP were designed to notify clients of revoked certificates. However, these protocols haven't shown the scalability necessary to reliably notify clients of invalid certificates.

(thx Alex for pointing this out)

[1] http://blogs.technet.com/b/pki/archive/2012/06/12/announcing-the-automated-updater-of-untrustworthy-certificates-and-keys.aspx

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Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
SANS Technology Institute
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ICANN "Reveal Day" Lists new TLD Applications

Published: 2012-06-13
Last Updated: 2012-06-13 13:04:26 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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As announced before, ICANN today published a list of all new TLDs organizations applied for [1]. Applications had to be submitted by May 30th. Being included in the list does not yet imply that these TLDs will actually be approved and created. This is just another stop in the lengthy process. I counted 1930 new top level domain, which I think is a manageable number. Many of the TLDs use foreign character sets. For example companies like Volkswagen apply for their brand name in chinese (大众汽车). Some other interesting proposals I spotted:

.search : Multiple applicants (Amazon is the company that sticks out among them). and .secure has two applications, one from Amazon and one from Artemis Internet. Google, using a company named"Charleston Road Registry" applied for 101 different TLDs and is the top bidder, Followed by Amazon EU (76) and "Top Level Domain Holdings" (70). The most contested TLDs are "APP" (13 applications), "INC" (11), "Home" (11) and "ART" (10).

There is some criticism that ICANN not only published the TLD and the name of the applicants company, but also full contact details including e-mail addresses.

 

[1] http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/application-results/strings-1200utc-13jun12-en

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Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
SANS Technology Institute
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