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Old 04-13-2011, 03:36 PM   #1
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Issues with expired SSL certificates


Hi All,

I came across few web servers still using expired certificates. Could some guys let me know and provide me some links, what are the issues we will face If we continue using these expired SSL certificates?
 
Old 04-13-2011, 04:01 PM   #2
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Primary issue: customers likely won't (and shouldn't) trust the expired certs' authenticity.
 
Old 04-13-2011, 04:05 PM   #3
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Will the encryption takes place? And any more issues?
 
Old 04-13-2011, 04:13 PM   #4
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Yes, unless you've somehow borked your configuration (or compromised your private key), encryption will continue to take place reliably.

But you're ignoring one of the important (theoretical) goals of SSL - authentication, as in "So-and-so, who you trust, says I am who I say I am. So we're good to talk."

It's not a good idea to get your customers into the habit of clicking through frightening web browser warnings. If you're not going to fork over the cash to renew your certs, then consider securely setting up an in-house CA, and distributing your root cert to customers. (Well beyond the scope of this thread.)

On the other hand, if you have 'net facing websites with unknown numbers of customers - established and new - then you're ignoring expired certs at your own peril ($$).
 
  


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