Many of the online authentication mechanisms that enable transactions rely on faith in the Secure Sockets Layer protocol and Certificate Authorities. Growing evidence suggests that this mechanism is highly vulnerable, and there has been much discussion surrounding alternatives.
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The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol has been universally accepted on the World Wide Web for authenticated and encrypted communication between clients and servers. This article introduces key concepts and also touches upon potential threats such as Man-in-the-Middle Attacks.
This brief blog post defines the core issues with the Certificate Authorities mechanism SSL relies on, primarily via the missing quality of trust agility; it also critically examines suggested alternatives such as DNSSEC.
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