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Google Bans Symantec Root Certificates

An anonymous reader writes: After in September Google discovered SSL certificates issued in its name by Symantec, and after in October the company discovered over 2,500 more certificates issued for non-existent domains, also by Symantec, Google has now decided to ban Symantec’s dodgy certificates from Android and Chrome. “Symantec has decided that this root will no longer comply with the CA/Browser Forum’s Baseline Requirements,” said Ryan Sleevi, Google Software Engineer. “As these requirements reflect industry best practice and are the foundation for publicly trusted certificates, the failure to comply with these represents an unacceptable risk to users of Google products.” Apparently Symantec hasn’t been very careful of where and to whom it issues SSL certificates from a particular root branch.

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