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Getting an "unsafe" warning
2017-05-28, 07:48
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Getting an "unsafe" warning
I got this on my browser this morning:
Quote:This server could not prove that it is forums.linn.co.uk; its security certificate expired yesterday. This may be caused by a misconfiguration or an attacker intercepting your connection. Your computer's clock is currently set to Sunday, May 28, 2017. Does that look right? If not, you should correct your system's clock and then refresh this page

I hit Go to forums.linn.co.uk anyway obviously. Anyone else got this? Is it a genuine security certificate warning?

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2017-05-28, 08:03
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RE: Getting an "unsafe" warning
Well, after a bit more investigation it does appear it's the certificate. If I use my bookmark (which doesn't have the https:// in the address) instead of from the link in the notification emails (which does), it works fine.

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2017-05-28, 08:04 (This post was last modified: 2017-05-28 08:05 by Tin.)
Post: #3
RE: Getting an "unsafe" warning
The certificate expired and they forgot to monitor that and/or request and install a new one.

Just a clumsy mistake that somehow happens a lot in IT, most of the times in smaller companies where they don't have a lot of certificates; the larger ones make a few mistakes and figure out a strategy t prevent this from happening.

You'll be safer if you 'accept' or 'trust' the expired certificate instead of using http.

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2017-05-28, 08:05
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RE: Getting an "unsafe" warning
Smile thanks Tin. I had a minor panic, glad to know I'm not being hacked! Smile

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2017-05-28, 10:32
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RE: Getting an "unsafe" warning
I had the same thing. According to the details the certificate expired this morning a bit after 5 o'clock.

I've had this a couple of times with other sites (first time with Linn, as far as I can remember. How long are these certificates normally valid?

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2017-05-28, 11:25 (This post was last modified: 2017-05-28 11:29 by Mr Onion.)
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RE: Getting an "unsafe" warning
The certificates on my sites last for 3 months and are automatically renewed at the end of that time.

I assumed everyone renewed automatically (same as renewing the domain name and hosting)

(the certificate the LINN have been using was valid for 15 months as can be seen if you look at the invalid certificate message)

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2017-05-28, 12:29
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RE: Getting an "unsafe" warning
(2017-05-28 11:25)Mr Onion Wrote:  The certificates on my sites last for 3 months and are automatically renewed at the end of that time.

I assumed everyone renewed automatically (same as renewing the domain name and hosting)

(the certificate the LINN have been using was valid for 15 months as can be seen if you look at the invalid certificate message)
The possibility of having certificates being renewed automatically depends a lot on the infrastructure you're using. For websites it is quite common to have an bunch of https offloaders in front of the physical websites, so it makes it easier to automate things, especially if you're a large provider and have a lot of customers. For mail servers it often involves some manual labour.
I do my own hosting and therefore have to it all by myself.

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2017-05-29, 12:49
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RE: Getting an "unsafe" warning
(2017-05-28 08:05)timster Wrote:  Smile thanks Tin. I had a minor panic, glad to know I'm not being hacked! Smile

Oh you probably are, but it's not the Linn site Big Grin

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2017-05-29, 13:09
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RE: Getting an "unsafe" warning
Now fixed...
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2017-05-29, 13:13
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RE: Getting an "unsafe" warning
Super smashing great Smile

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