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After more than a week of persistent rumours, yesterday (Oct 14) we finally learned about the new SSL 3 vulnerability everyone was afraid of. The so-called POODLE attack (CVE-2014-3566) is a problem in the CBC encryption scheme as implemented in the SSL 3 protocol. (Other protocols are not vulnerable because... MORE »

The news is that SHA1, a very popular hashing function, is on the way out. Strictly speaking, this development is not new. The first signs of weaknesses in SHA1 appeared (almost) ten years ago. In 2012, some calculations showed how breaking SHA1 is becoming feasible for those who can afford... MORE »

Since the official release of Bulletproof SSL and TLS last Tuesday, we've been busy submitting the book to print and ensuring it comes out just right. As a result, I now have three proofs sitting on my desk in all their glory! All the other copies are now on their... MORE »

It gives me great pleasure to announce that my book, Bulletproof SSL and TLS, has now been officially released. Writing it took me more than two years (I started in May 2012, believe it or not), during which I spent the equivalent of about 7 months of full time work.... MORE »

I've just released the June update of Bulletproof SSL and TLS. This batch completes the manuscript and brings about 80 new pages across three chapters: Chapter 1, SSL, TLS, and Cryptography, begins with a brief introduction to SSL and TLS and discusses where these secure protocols fit in the Internet... MORE »

In the 1.10.x code branch of SSL Labs, which was deployed to production last week, we made a change in how we handle assessments with trust issues. Previously, all certificates that we couldn't validate (largely because they were self-signed or issued from a private CA root) were given an F... MORE »

Last week (on June 5th), OpenSSL published an advisory detailing a number of serious problems. The CVE-2014-0224 vulnerability will be the most problematic for most deployments because it can be exploited via an active network (man in the middle) attack. This vulnerability allows an active network attacker to inject ChangeCipherSpec... MORE »

I've just released the May update of Bulletproof SSL and TLS. This batch brings 78 pages and three chapters to the book: Chapter 8, Deployment, is the map for the entire book and provides step by step instructions on how to deploy secure and well-performing TLS servers and web applications.... MORE »

Heartbleed is a name for a critical vulnerability in OpenSSL, a very widely deployed SSL/TLS stack. A coding error had been made in the OpenSSL 1.0.1 code, which was subsequently released in March 2012. The vulnerability is in the rarely used heartbeat mechanism, specified in RFC 6520. The error allows... MORE »

I've just released the April update of Bulletproof SSL and TLS. This batch concludes the part of the book that deals with attacks, vulnerabilities and weaknesses, both in the protocols and the PKI infrastructure. There's about 90 new pages, in three chapters: Chapter 4, Attacks against PKI, deals with attacks... MORE »

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