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Chrome will distrust SSL certificates generated by Symantec

I reviewed the headers of my IT Security News website https://www.itsecuritynews.info/ in order to add HSTS. This is what I can see in the headers.   The certificate used to load https://www.itsecuritynews.info/ uses an SSL certificate that will be distrusted in an upcoming release of Chrome. Once distrusted, users will be prevented from loading this resource. See https://g.co/chrome/symantecpkicerts for more information.   Source: https://security.googleblog.com/2017/09/chromes-plan-to-distrust-symantec.html Checking the article, I see some disturbing news:   Information For Site Operators Starting with Chrome 66, Chrome will remove trust in Symantec-issued certificates issued prior to June 1, 2016. Chrome 66 is currently scheduled to be released…


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When security software gets bundled in the wrong way

  After installing Adobe Shockwave Player from here I am presented with this offer. I don’t want to use Norton, so I unselect the checkbox. I actually read the text, well, most of it – the part which is visible, as you can see below. By clicking on the only button visible, I agree with the Norton License and I receive the software from Symantec. So, where the hack is the Cancel button? I unselected the checkbox and pressed Alt-F4 and apparently I didn’t get any Symantec software on my computer. I thought that such practices can by found only at…


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A closer analysis of DE-Cleaner from Symantec

I was curious about how the DE-Cleaner of Symantec works, so I downloaded the software and give it a closer look. I did not dissemble it or anything similar… I simply performed a little black box testing. So, I started it without any internet connection. The result was: no scanning was possible. DE-Cleaner requires an Internet connection. This is an indication that the software is an in-the-cloud scanner. After seeing this, I searched on the website botfrei.de more details. And I found them… yes, indeed the Symantec De-Cleaner needs an Internet connection. This is why the file has the size…


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Sometimes it is good to know the Romanian language

Just stumbled upon this blog post from Symantec http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/spammers-introduce-new-email-internet-headers where an absolutely normal spam process is described. Unfortunately for the author who clearly doesn’t understand Romania, he copied/pasted all headers, even those which he doesn’t understand. So, he copied all kind of bad words, things which you usually wouldn’t publish in a serious blog. I will not publish them here because this is my blog and I respect my readers, especially in this case, the Romanian readers. I let you alone read the funny post 🙂 Have fun !


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Viruses and Digital Signatures

Very interesting stuff: http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/viruses-and-digital-signatures Although the files are signed, they are signed using an unauthenticated CA (Certificate Authority) which is masquerading as Verisign. A CA is a trusted third party that issues and signs the certificate and vouches for the authenticity of the file. Each CA should be registered and therefore recognized globally as a trusted signer. The signature on the certificate is verified by the signer’s public key.


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