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From "Jimmy Kaplowitz (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (DIRSTUDIO-741) Update site has self-signed cert that expired months before the 1.5.3 release
Date Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:27:14 GMT
Update site has self-signed cert that expired months before the 1.5.3 release

                 Key: DIRSTUDIO-741
             Project: Directory Studio
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: studio-updatesite
            Reporter: Jimmy Kaplowitz


I was just trying to install Apache Directory Studio 1.5.3 from within Eclipse 3.7. It's saying
that the certificate signing the software (or maybe the update site) is both self-signed and
expired in January 2010. This is a bit more worrying than even having no certificate, since
the 1.5.3 release is from April 2010, and I'm kind of puzzled that it was signed with a certificate
that was already several months out of date when the release was made, in addition to being
self-signed. I'm also trying this more than a year after the 1.5.3 release occurred, so the
fact that the situation remains as I've described is quite worrying from the perspective of
having security issues noticed and addressed in a timely fashion.

There are many valid ways to handle the issue of code signing, including deciding that it's
not useful security to do it at all, making an Apache-specific certificate authority, or paying
for a commercial certificate as is done for the * HTTPS web sites. The current
situation with the Eclipse update site encourages false guarantees of security and, if Apache's
users are taught to ignore such warnings, exposes them to man-in-the-middle or other malicious
attacks when they think they are being protected by the security reputation of the Apache
Software Foundation.

The time estimate I have given is assuming you decide to generate some new certificate by
whatever commercial or non-commercial method, and may include the time to deal with a vendor
and/or rebuild the software. If you simply decide to switch your repository to unsigned, my
estimate will probably be too large.

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