We have finally completed a GLOBAL certificate look-up table for real-time notifications in our re-designed KeyChest service. KeyChest has been using an external service to check for new certificates. This has become unsustainable due to the number of users and certificates we monitor.
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We have handed over the first deployment of our CloudFoxy (smart cards over RESTful API) for PDF signing and it is now in live use. Here are a few observations of mine about dependencies, performance, and delivery.
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Our certificate monitoring KeyChest has an initial RESTful API for remote enrolment of new certificates and for checking certificate expiry. Its design supports automation without any initial security/authorization setup.
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One would expect that when you decide to secure your web-server traffic with HTTPS, you do it for the security. Some, however, do it mostly to improve their SEO. CloudFlare flexible SSL is exactly for this.
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This text is about creating a process around planning certificate renewals. As part of our KeyChest re-design, we created a sequence of meaningful checks for TLS certificates to get them always renewed before your web services go down.
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We checked recent statistics of the KeyChest service. While the overall load is gradually increasing, we also increase the number of checks we perform. It’s now over 500,000 a day since March 26. But we should be fine till a major system upgrade coming soon.
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As I was collecting reliability data for several PKI systems, I included Let’s Encrypt as it’s by far the biggest PKI system I was aware of. It provides its status data and its history at https://letsencrypt.status.io and here’s my informal analysis of its production systems.
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This is an interesting one. The first impulse is to simply answer NO, you can’t do it, that’s the point of HTTPS. But it’s all about networking and one can do quite some magic with proxies, forwarding, and the SNI extension in TLS protocols.
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We have compiled all practical information we could find and written it up at Numbers you need to know. It’s a long list of restrictions, rate limits, and other useful information to keep in mind. Here’s a few selected points that we found interesting. Big thanks to schoen from Certbot/EFF for pointing out numerous inaccuracies.
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We have all heard about hackers stealing huge user databases with passwords as they are tempting bounties. FT, Guardian and many others create a new kind of reward – their internet encryption keys via CDNs – services speeding up web traffic.
Continue reading Guardian, FT, etc. share their internet encryption keys with many →