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Re: [Lynx-dev] Re the "ssl error:"

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] Re the "ssl error:"
Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:23:12 +0100
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On 03/07/15 19:09, Shel Talmy wrote:
Thanks for previous help with 'forbidden error', got it fixed.
Is there a way to bypass the increasing number of sites enabling the
'ssl error:' statement as follows?

ssl error: self signed certificate in certificate chain-continue?

Which of course requires hitting 'enter' for every link to be accessed
and more often now, requiring 2 or more "returns" to get to the page

Install the root certificates they are using, making sure that you obtain them from a trustworthy source over a secure communications channel. <>

On a version of Windows that is up to date with respect to root certificates, you should be able to export them from IE. I think most Linux distributions will have a root certificates package.

The most likely reason for getting this on a mainstream site is that you don't have an up to date set of the currently widely trusted root certificates. On a minor site, it might be because they are trying to do SSL on the cheap. However, it could be because you are subject to a man in the middle attack, so if you get this error, you should assume that everything you send to that site is being intercepted and decrypted, unless you have independent reasons for being sure that is not the case.

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