CA Certificates vulnerability

2011-09-09T00:00:00
ID USN-1197-5
Type ubuntu
Reporter Ubuntu
Modified 2011-09-09T00:00:00

Description

USN-1197-1 addressed an issue in Firefox and Xulrunner pertaining to the Dutch Certificate Authority DigiNotar mis-issuing fraudulent certificates. This update provides the corresponding update for ca-certificates.

Original advisory details:

It was discovered that Dutch Certificate Authority DigiNotar, had mis-issued multiple fraudulent certificates. These certificates could allow an attacker to perform a “man in the middle” (MITM) attack which would make the user believe their connection is secure, but is actually being monitored.

For the protection of its users, Mozilla has removed the DigiNotar certificate. Sites using certificates issued by DigiNotar will need to seek another certificate vendor.

We are currently aware of a regression that blocks one of two Staat der Nederlanden root certificates which are believed to still be secure. This regression is being tracked at <https://launchpad.net/bugs/838322>.