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Tim Callan | 01 May 2006 | 0 comments

Travel home from the UK knocked me out of commission for a couple of days, and my schedule last week was pretty hectic as well, so I never got a chance to mention that the Internet Explorer 7 beta 2 release is available for download.

Tim Callan | 28 Apr 2006 | 2 comments

Consumer electronics giant Best Buy has chosen to display the VeriSign Secured Seal on its home page and as far as I can see every other page on the site. Best Buy joins the likes of eBay, PayPal, Staples, Overstock, and Wal-Mart in employing the VeriSign Secured Seal. (Boy, that's a lot of links in one sentence.)

Certainly I'm pleased when any online retailer displays the VeriSign Secured Seal. What's particularly nice about these pillars of e-commerce is that they...

Tim Callan | 26 Apr 2006 | 2 comments

As I'm writing it's 12:30 pm Greenwich Mean Time on day two of Infosecurity Europe (AKA Infosec), which means we're exactly halfway through the show. I've been booked solid between three presentations a day and meeting members of press, customers, and persons generally interested in the new High Assurance SSL standard. The level of interest here has been very high. Most of the people I talk to already understand that security fears are stifling online business and that phishing continues to be an unsolved problem. Likewise, they get how the new browser behaviors around High Assurance will dramatically improve the situation.

For your background, Infosec is Europe's largest IT security show and typically has about 15,000 attendees, most of them IT professionals with some level of security responsibility. It's extremely gratifying to see the level of interest in this new development.

Tim Callan | 22 Apr 2006 | 1 comment

In a recent post I alluded to a lack of clarity around the name of the new higher-authentication SSL standard. Up to now it's been code-named High Assurance SSL, but that name won't be the final one. I want to give you the background and spell out some criteria for an effective name.

Tim Callan | 20 Apr 2006 | 0 comments

I read a couple nice articles in CSO Magazine recently. One has a nice, comprehensive summary of phishing as it exists today and pragmatic things site owners can do to combat it. The other is a summary of e-mail certificates and how they fit into phishing prevention.

Tim Callan | 18 Apr 2006 | 2 comments

One thing that continues to amaze me is the very large number of Web forms I see on line that are not protected with any SSL at all. While I do occasionally notice a Web form that actually requests a credit card order and doesn't offer at least the encryption that comes with the presence of an SSL Certificate, I'm not even talking about these gross offenders. What's much more common is the sites requesting information one step down from a credit card in sensitivity that don't bother to make the minimal investment in security for their site visitors that an SSL Certificate entails.

Tim Callan | 14 Apr 2006 | 0 comments

A new exploit has been discovered that makes it possible for a phisher to fake a URL in the address bar of any Internet Explorer 6 browser, including the latest and most secure versions. I expect Microsoft will fix this exploit pretty quickly. However, this exploit highlights the value of increasing the phishing security in browsers. Firefox took the first important steps in this effort at the end of 2004. Browsers like Netscape and Opera followed suit, and now we're anticipating Microsoft's addition to the high-security browser market with Internet Explorer 7. Phishers will continue to discover new ways to trick people, of course, and we as an industry must maintain our laser focus on preventing those tricks wherever possible. VeriSign'...

Tim Callan | 13 Apr 2006 | 0 comments

I will be presenting at Infosec this year. Infosec is Europe's largest IT security conference, and it takes place April 25 through 27. I am presenting on High Assurance SSL and will go over why they matter, how they work, what they'll look like in the browser, and when you can get one. If you're going to be at InfoSec, make a point of attending this presentation.

I will be presenting in the London Room, which is right by the front entrance of the show. I'm scheduled to go on April 25 from 2:35 to 3:10.

Tim Callan | 12 Apr 2006 | 0 comments

We just did our quarterly certificate count, and for the first time in history a CA has passed the half million mark for active SSL Certificates. Just in case you're wondering, it's VeriSign. An active SSL Certificate is a certificate in its validity period that has not been revoked, and therefore this certificate count implies that VeriSign SSL is securing over half a million Web servers simultaneously. Right now.

I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty cool.

Tim Callan | 11 Apr 2006 | 2 comments

On March 21 Microsoft announced the slip of Vista to January 2007. Or more accurately we might say not earlier than January 2007. Don't confuse this post with a Microsoft bash. Operating systems are big, complicated platforms with giant, labyrinthine sets of hardware, software, peripherals, APIs, standards, and protocols to support. It takes a long time to get one right, and I'd rather they released it when ready than rushed something to market too early.

The reason I'm talking about this announcement is that the ship date for IE 7 may be tied to the ship date for Vista. IE 7 has been positioned as a part of the Vista release, and although a backrev version will be provided at least for XP, it's still a reasonable scenario that IE 7 will not go to GA status until Vista is in gold disk. This question matters to SSL of course, because IE 7 will in many ways offer the most...