The state-level attack on the SSL CA security model

Franck Martin fmartin at
Fri Mar 25 23:21:12 CDT 2011

On 3/26/11 15:36 , "Joe Sniderman" <joseph.sniderman at> wrote:

>On 03/25/2011 11:12 PM, Steven Bellovin wrote:
>> On Mar 25, 2011, at 12:19 52PM, Akyol, Bora A wrote:
>>> One could argue that you could try something like the facebook
>>> model (or facebook itself). I can see it coming. Facebook web of
>>> trust app ;-)
>> Except, of course, for the fact that people tend to have hundreds of
>> "friends", many of whom they don't know at all, and who achieved that
>> status simply by asking.  You need a much stronger notion of
>> interaction, to say nothing of what the malware in your "friends'"
>> computers are doing to simulate such interaction.
>Then again there are all the "friend us for a chance to win $prize"
>gimmicks... not a far jump to "friend us, _with trust bits enabled_ for
>a chance to win $prize"
>Yeah sounds like a wonderful idea. :P

Wasn't PGP based on a web of trust too?

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