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EFF will launch a free certificate authority
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EFF will launch a free certificate authority

NyrNyr Member, Community Contributor

Not a big fan of the EFF myself but those are big and great news:

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/11/certificate-authority-encrypt-entire-web

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  • Great, first it was cloudflare with the free ssl and now this, let's hope it lower the prices from big companies that issue SSL certs

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  • Looks like the money printers might have their value lessend by this!

  • <3 EFF!

  • jarjar Member, Patron Provider
    edited November 2014

    Bad news for jobs that rely on certificate authorities bringing home the bacon. Good news for everyone else. This has the potential to turn the market upside down, and it was surely always something we knew would happen eventually. The term "trusted" has always been the difference between high cost and no cost, and it's been an expensive club to join.

    Interested to watch this unfold. In before certificate authorities start paying big bucks to anyone who will leave the EFF off the "trusted authority" list.

  • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith Member, Patron Provider

    I always knew this would happen, it was only a matter of time, honestly I think in the long term it will be an excellent thing, I do feel for those as @jar said who's companies will simply crumble as a result.

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  • @Jar What do you think about the regulation, I mean is there a specific requirement in the US for certificate authorities?

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  • jarjar Member, Patron Provider

    @vRozenSch00n said:
    Jar What do you think about the regulation, I mean is there a specific requirement in the US for certificate authorities?

    I always assumed it was just a matter of private agreements with major software manufacturers. Truthfully I never researched how to get on that list, but given that the software manufacturers are the key, I always assumed it was a private agreement.

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  • rm_rm_ Member
    edited November 2014

    Jar said: Bad news for jobs that rely on certificate authorities bringing home the bacon.

    Yeah and the abolition of slavery in the USA was a disaster for all those people employed in the slave trading industry, etc. Poor sobs, how were they going to "bring home the bacon" after that.

    Jar said: paying big bucks to anyone who will leave the EFF off the "trusted authority" list.

    They're starting with Mozilla, also Google will be hard-pressed to find excuses not to support this. And these two are already 70% of the browser market. So the ship [will have] already sailed.

  • jarjar Member, Patron Provider

    Slavery? Calm down bro ;)

  • perennateperennate Member, Host Rep

    Exciting...

  • Wowzers!!!

  • Maybe just another CAcert.org.

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  • vRozenSch00nvRozenSch00n Member
    edited November 2014

    Jar said: Slavery? Calm down bro ;)

    You haven't seen what's really happening in my beloved motherland by itself not to mention external influence ;)

    The fuel just raised by 30% yesterday :(

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  • perennateperennate Member, Host Rep

    mycloud said: Maybe just another CAcert.org.

    They have support from Mozilla already.

  • perennate said: They have support from Mozilla already.

    Really? I thought Mozilla turned them down - scores of applications use Mozilla's certs, Mono to name a big one.

  • @perennate said:
    They have support from Mozilla already.

    ^ This is (one of) the differentiating factors.

    I'm sure CAcert.org setup, and only then sought partners/supporters/sponsors.

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  • @perennate said:
    They have support from Mozilla already.

    CAcert.org got Gentoo, OpenBSD, openSUSE, and etc.

  • NyrNyr Member, Community Contributor

    mycloud said: CAcert.org got Gentoo, OpenBSD, openSUSE, and etc.

    But they didn't got the mayor software shippers.

  • @Nyr said:
    But they didn't got the mayor software shippers.

    Then what?

  • Looks very interesting, especially the way the intend on people issuing the certs.

  • "Let’s Encrypt CA" <--- it's specially for LETers ;))

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  • RadiRadi Member, Host Rep

    If they provide free trusted SSL, I am in. :p

  • ben78ben78 Member
    edited November 2014

    100% encrypted web?

    Sounds like fun! Bad new for LET/LEB though (BSA?;)

  • I hope they will also put up a free tld, totally free for a totally encrypted web.

    Thanked by 3switsys upfreak netomx
  • @Maounique said:
    I hope they will also put up a free tld, totally free for a totally encrypted web.

    There are already some free TLDs, I like .cf alot :)

  • NyrNyr Member, Community Contributor

    c1bl said: There are already some free TLDs, I like .cf alot :)

    Not "totally free" at all.

  • shovenoseshovenose Member, Host Rep

    CA must have big insurance policies!

  • @Maounique said:
    I hope they will also put up a free tld, totally free for a totally encrypted web.

    Luke .onion?

  • No, I mean one for all net, maybe a different root DNS altogether, a distributed one, it is possible.

  • StartCom has been issuing free trusted certs since forever.

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