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Offline polonus

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Firefox 70 starts moving the EV indicator out of the URL Bar
« on: October 17, 2019, 11:00:08 PM »
"While many vendors tend to use the phrase "SSL/TLS Certificate", it may be more accurate to call them:
"Certificates for use with SSL and TLS",

since the protocols are determined by your server configuration, not the certificates themselves."

It has become harder now to know what is legit and what is not.

First Apple moved it out, then Google and now Firefox followed.

To still show them: Use the Firefox extension "Certainly Something" by April King (Mozilla staff security engineer).
This is open source ( and to be download from here:

But there is another way to go back (when you do not want to use profiling extensions):
in about:config there is a flag available to show EV certs despite this recent move:
security.identityblock.show_extended_validation ; setting should be changed to true to show EV certs.

But what when a certificate of a scammer is registered to certifying firm in Panama,
who keeps you and I from knowing who is really behind this cert.
What is the real validity of such a certificate? Only that it says, that it is being trusted by the browser.
No more, no less.

Consider here:

Now read this threat report:

Troy Hunt also got support from some Belgian researcher:

Where are we going, everyone to use a free Let's Encrypt certificate?
Anyone? What can we really TRUST any longer on the Interwebz, I mean real really?
Not a lot these days, and that's a pity, folks, it is.


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Use NoScript, a limited user account and a virtual machine and be safe(r)!

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Re: Firefox 70 starts moving the EV indicator out of the URL Bar
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2019, 09:37:32 AM »
Hi Pol, just as a side note, it's still available/shown in Firefox ESR. Groetjes
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