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Encryption: Google throws Symantec out of Chrome

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 | Gadgets

Google has announced that it will no longer want to trust the Symantec Certificate Authority (CA) certificates. The measure had already been discussed for some time and was now made public.

Certificates issued before 1 June 2016 are affected. The change is to be effective for the first time with the release of Chrome in version 66 on April 17, 2018. On December 1, 2017, Symantec will transfer all operations to Digicert as part of the sale of its own certificate office. As of this point, no more certificates issued by Symantec's old infrastructure will be accepted.
Symante's entire infrastructure is removed from Chrome
Finally, from Chrome version 70, Symantec's entire old infrastructure will be removed from the trust store. This is intended to deprive all certificates of trust related to Symantec root certificates. Only a "small number" of certification bodies with independent audits is to be excluded from this measure. Chrome 70 will probably be presented around the 23rd October 2018.
Current certificates issued by Symantec will have a maximum life of 13 months. The version of Chrome (62), which is due in October this year, will point out in the developer tools when certificates are affected by the measures.
Symantec operates under the brand names Thawte, Verisign, Equifax, Geotrust and Rapidssl. In the past, Symantec and Google had consistently struggled to issue false certificates. Because Symantec has violated the provisions of the CA / Browser forum, Google had repeatedly threatened with drastic steps.


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