The tech world will soon start coming to terms with the news Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google end support with SHA-1. The two primary browsers are also calling on the others the likes of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge to follow suit. They have stated that they will soon begin blocking any browser that is using the hashing algorithm to secure data. The news comes at a time when Google is expected to release Chrome 56, which will not also support SHA-1 certificates.
It is a lot of work, but they are no longer secure
The world is scientifically growing. New products and enhanced services are hitting the market in the wake of every dawn. The SHA–1 cryptographic algorithms, which was found vulnerable over eleven years ago has been overtaken by the presence of recent advances in GPUs. Besides, analytical and computer processing are growing in strength A report by Netcraft’s September 2016 Web Server Survey indicate that there are over 173 million active websites and as many as 61 million of them could be using the certificates. However, they are no longer safe. They have been known to allow attackers to carry out spoofs, phishing attacks, or man-in-the-middle attacks.
Looking at it critically, the news of Microsoft and Google ends support with SHA-1 is called for. In justification, Mozilla’s J.C. Jones says, “Digital signatures incorporating the SHA-1 algorithm may soon be forgeable by sufficiently-motivated and resourceful entities.”
However, this will not just happen overnight. Kevin Bocek, the Venafi vice president of security strategy, says that there is a lot of work to be done to shut out the SHA-1 algorithm completely. Most are the businesses that have not started the process. Others have begun but have not made any progress.
But how many will make an effort to end the use of SHA-1 certificates?
Given the risk in them, browsers will begin dropping support for SHA-1 by early next year. They will also start sending warnings to users’ browsers. But how many enterprises will bow down to the warnings? Many are those who are citing unpleasant migration experience. Nonetheless, Andrew Whalley of the Chrome security team also acknowledges that there are those who may wish to take the risk of continued use of SHA-1 certificates.
However given the earlier warning through the Microsoft and Google ends support with SHA-1 news, they will have themselves to blame. Microsoft stock closed at $60.35, a fall of $0.29 or 0.48% while Google stock closed the session at $775.97, a decline of $10.19 or 1.30%
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