Protection against fraudulent DigiNotar certificates
- August 30, 2011
- Firefox, Firefox Mobile, SeaMonkey, Thunderbird
- Fixed in
- Firefox 3.6.21
- Firefox 6.0.1
- Firefox Mobile 6.0.1
- SeaMonkey 2.3.2
- Thunderbird 3.1.13
- Thunderbird 6.0.1
Description: Google Chrome user alibo encountered an active "man in the middle" (MITM) attack on secure SSL connections to Google servers. The fraudulent certificate was mis-issued by DigiNotar, a Dutch Certificate Authority. DigiNotar has reported evidence that other fraudulent certificates were issued and in active use but the full extent of the compromise is not known.
For the protection of our users Mozilla has removed the DigiNotar root certificate. Sites using certificates issued by DigiNotar will need to seek another certificate vendor.
Mozilla thanks Google, Inc. for reporting this issue to us. We also thank Marien Zwart (Mozilla Localization), Ot van Daalen (Bits of Freedom), and Erik de Jong (GovCERT) for their help.
- Fraudulent *.google.com Certificate [Mozilla Security Blog]
- An update on attempted man-in-the-middle attacks [Google Online Security Blog]