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Old April 17th, 2018, 09:55 AM   #1
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SSL cert expired

Hi folks -

Wanted to post a thread apologizes for the embarrassing oversight today of letting the SSL cert expire. Had received notifications for awhile, but hadn't gotten around to it yet. I'm remote today (at a security conference, ironically), but hope to get around to updating it late tonight.

To be clear, the site is no less secure (or more secure) than it was yesterday. SSL certs have an expiration date on them, but that timing is a bit arbitrary. Expiration does not mean anything bad happened to them, they've been compromised, or any other issue. It's just good security practice to keep them updated every few years in the off-chance that they were compromised at some point during that period.

Most importantly, there isn't any personal data stored here on this site about any of us. Everything that this site has in terms of user data is essentially open to all already; it's all of our posts that we put up to share with others. I moved the site to SSL awhile back as an exercise, but that turned out to be a bit prescient as Google started to encourage all sites to use SSL, even if there wasn't any sensitive or critical data stored on the site.

Happy to answer any questions here, and also take any well-deserved insults, put-downs, and general abuse for not getting to this in time.
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Old April 17th, 2018, 10:24 AM   #2
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Old April 17th, 2018, 10:51 AM   #3
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I can neither confirm or deny.

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Old April 17th, 2018, 11:05 AM   #4
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Thanks Alex... I got the warning this morning, but figured that by now I can probably trust the site.
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Old April 17th, 2018, 12:47 PM   #5
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I can neither confirm or deny.
to verify itís really you, PM me all your account numbers and PIN
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Old April 17th, 2018, 01:39 PM   #6
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Here you go. All the number and PINS are in this post.



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Old April 17th, 2018, 06:58 PM   #7
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I took a leap of faith and clicked ok I trust Alex.
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Old April 18th, 2018, 07:09 AM   #8
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Alright - we're good until 4/2020. Hopefully I'll fix it ahead of time at that point.
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Old April 18th, 2018, 07:29 AM   #9
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Thanks for updating it! I got the warning, I trust the site, but I didn't know how to tell my computer "go there anyway." So I'm glad it's updated and my 'puter will let me come here again.
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Old April 18th, 2018, 01:58 PM   #12
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So this is how users at MyEtherWallet were hacked yesterday.

News story: https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/24/1...tolen-ethereum

Someone was able to corrupt/co-opt some DNS entries for the site, set up a new site, and the DNS took some users right to the phishing site. Once there, they had the credentials they needed to then go to the real site and start emptying wallets. Users who were robbed had to click through that "this site cert ain't right" error, did so, and were taken to the malicious site - the site that they landed on couldn't provide a valid SSL cert and the browsers would have warned them.

I only add this for some context about those cert errors. That use case above is pretty much the whole point of the technology. The site that you're going to might not be the one you expect, because the cert can't be validated - be cautious with where you go and what you enter if you do click past those warnings. In 99% of the cases, it's going to be something like happened here on Ninjette, with an expired cert due to an incompetent admin (like me). But every once in awhile, that cert error can be a real tip-off that something bad is about to happen because the site you're going to isn't the one you expect, either because it has been hacked directly, or you're being redirected to an entirely different location than you expected.
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Old April 25th, 2018, 01:51 PM   #14
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Good to know, thanks. I don't know much about how this works, and I trusted Ninjette, but it's good info.
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