Google SSL Certificates going to 2048-bit

Coming Soon! In August 2013, Google will start the process of switching its SSL Certificates over to 2048-bit for its services adding stronger security. This information was made public on Stephen McHenry’s, Director of Information Security at Google Blog.

The completion of this project is set to be completed by the end of the 2013 year.

Quoted on the blog Stephen McHenry writes

Most client software won’t have any problems with either of these changes, but we know that some configurations will require some extra steps to avoid complications. This is more often true of client software embedded in devices such as certain types of phones, printers, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, and cameras.

Stephen McHenry also listed a number of examples of improper validation practices that could lead to the inability of client software to connect to Google using SSL after the upgrade, such as matching any other certificate exactly or hard-coding the expected root certificate.

Change is coming soon! Don’t be left behind.

More detailed information can be found here

Disable Revocation Check on SSTP VPN Sessions

Please use the following steps:

You will need the create the following registry Key (REG_DWORD) under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Sstpsvc\Parameters
Setting the key value of 1, will prevent it from checking.

More detailed info below:

Registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Sstpsvc\Parameters
Registry entry: NoCertRevocationCheck
Data type: REG_DWORD

You can use this registry entry to enable or to disable the SSL certificate revocation check that the VPN client performs during the SSL negotiation phase. Certificate revocation check will be performed if the value is set to 0. If the value is set to 1, certificate revocation check will be skipped. Notice that you should set this value to 1 only for debugging. Do not set this value to 1 in your production environment. By default, certificate revocation check is performed.

One or more intermediate certificates in the certificate chain are missing

Error:  One or more intermediate certificates in the certificate chain are missing. This is because Windows does not have enough information to verify this certificate.

When upgrading a Server 2003 IIS 6 web site to 2008 IIS7 the certificate exported from IIS6  you may have issues causing windows to give you the ‘Windows does not have enough information to verify this certificate’ error.

This is because one or more intermediate certificates in the certificate chain are missing. To resolve this issue, make sure that all of intermediate certificates are installed. For more information:  

Resolution:  This involves installing the intermediate certificates into the IIS servers, please view the following:

Download the Intermediate certificates applicable to your product:
Note: You MUST install correct thawte Intermediate CA file on your server for your SSL certificate to work and be fully supported in all web browsers.

Thawte DV SSL
Thawte Primary Root CA 2020

SSL Web Server / SSL Web Server Wildcard:
Thawte SSL CA 
Thawte Primary Root CA 2020

Thawte SGC Intermediates (certificate requested before 10.10.2010)
Thawte SGC CA – G2 and VeriSign Class 3 Public Primary Certification Authority – G5 (certificate requested after 10.10.2010)

Thawte Extended Validation:
Thawte Extended Validation SSL CA
Thawte Primary Root CA 2020


What is the difference between Implicit SSL and Explicit SSL?

FTP over SSL (Explicit)
Explicit security requires that the FTP client issues a specific command to the FTP server after establishing a connection to establish the SSL link. In explicit SSL (or in TLS) the FTP client needs to send an explicit command ( i.e. “AUTH SSL” or “AUTH TLS”) to FTP server to initiate a secure control connection. The default FTP server port is used. This formal method is documented in RFC 2228.
FTP over SSL (Implicit)
Implicit security is a mechanism by which security is automatically turned on as soon as the FTP client makes a connection to an FTP server. In this case, the FTP server defines a specific port for the client (990) to be used for secure connections.

Google SSL – Privacy I believe in

Today I got wind of a new beta from Google.  Google search over SSL.  Now you can have an end to end search that is encrypted between your computer and our friends over at Google.  This will protect your search terms and results from third parties such as your ISP, or company network admins who may be monitoring your search terms.   Stop over at and give it a try.  Note:  HTTPS is for secure.

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