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Millions of devices, including Android, Windows and iPhone phones, may be just days away from losing all internet access and a security expert has warned that the upcoming change, which begins on Thursday, September 30, could have major repercussions. On a wide range of devices produced by leading household names, the possible Internet blocking is due to the HTTPS security protocol.
Even if you’re not familiar with the technical jargon, you’ve probably heard of – or are familiar with – HTTPS (also known as Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). When you visit a website in browsers like Chrome, you may have noticed an icon Lock in the address bar.
This indicates that the website uses HTTPS, which means that the site is secure and any information you enter is protected, so why is this important for Android, iPhone and Windows users?
On Thursday, September 30th, the root certificate – which is used to encrypt communications between devices and the web and is necessary for HTTPS – will expire. After this date, devices and web browsers will no longer trust certain certificates called IdentTrust DST Root CA X3.
For the vast majority of devices, this won’t cause problems, but for older devices that haven’t updated in years (and won’t be entitled to use the new certificate), it could cause them to lose Internet access. Security “probably some things will break” next Thursday.
In an online article, Helm said, “This wouldn’t be the first time that a root CA certificate has expired and I imagine it will follow the same previous expiration trend, where things break down, and if the root certificate that underlies your certificate chain has expired, there’s It’s a good chance you can cause things to fail.”
The affected root certificates were issued by the non-profit Let’s Encrypt, which in total has issued more than two billion certificates – which is a large part of the web.
For iPhone users, you need to make sure that you are not running an update lower than iOS 10 and for Android smartphone users, make sure that you are not running the 7.1.1 version of Google software.
Windows users need to make sure you’re not running anything lower than Windows XP SP3, and if you have a Mac, you need to make sure you’re not running anything lower than 10.12.1.
Helm said there are a few other platforms that need “further investigation to see if they will fail after IdenTrust DST Root CA X3 expires”. PS4 game controllers running firmware less than 5.00 Here is a full list of affected software versions:
– Mozilla Firefox
– Java 8
Amazon FireOS (Silk Browser).
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Source: “Arab Today”
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