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Security Portal: Is SSL dead?

Sep 30, 1999, 19:36 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kurt Seifried)

"Most security experts have been aware of problems with SSL, but generally speaking we haven't said much because there wasn't much of a replacement available for it, and it hasn't been exploited extensively (chances are it will be, though). I'll start with an explanation of the basic attack, followed by some methods to protect yourself, and finish with an interview with Dale Peterson of DigitalBond and the summary..."

"Let's say I want to scam people's credit card numbers, and don't want to break into a server. What if I could get people to come to me, and voluntarily give me their credit card numbers? Well, this is entirely too easy.

"I would start by setting up a web server, and copying a popular site to it, say www.some-online-store.com, time required to do this with a tool such as wget is around 20-30 minutes. I would then modify the forms used to submit information and make sure they pointed to my server, so I now have a copy of www.some-online-store.com that looks and feels like the "real" thing..."

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