Tag Archives: TLS

HTTPS + CT SCT TLS extension on my blog

Finally, I managed to enable HTTPS on my own blog!

I opted for a quick-and-dirty solution based on a self-compiled version of HAProxy in front of WordPress, statically linked to OpenSSL 1.0.2, in order to serve Certificate Transparency information during the TLS setup.


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Certificate Transparency: manually verify SCT with openssl

The recent OpenSSL 1.0.2 version added support for Certificate Transparency (CT) RFC6962 by implementing one of the methods that allow TLS clients to receive and verify Signed Certificate Timestamp during the TLS handshake, that is the OCSP response extension. My goal here is to show how to use another method, the signed_certificate_timestamp TLS extension, to gain the same result.

Certificate Transparency - SCT via TLS Extension

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SHA-1 sunset: valid SHA-2 chains treated as insecure

While dealing with the SHA-1 sunsetting process I encountered a problem with some certificates from StartSSL/StartCom that may lead Chrome to raise warnings or even errors on websites with updated SHA-2-only chains (at least on Microsoft Windows clients).

Chrome yellow-triangle

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Italian Government mail servers STARTTLS support

After reading Antonio Prado’s Reverse DNS lookup for Italian Government’s mail exchangers post I got intrigued by the idea of checking how many of those Italian Government’s MX mail servers support STARTTLS.

STARTTLS “offers a way to upgrade a plain text connection to an encrypted (TLS or SSL) connection” (Wikipedia) and, when it’s implemented on the MX SMTP server, it allows a STARTTLS-aware user’s outbound mail server to encrypt the traffic toward the recipient’s server.

STARTTLS User to MX mail server

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