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[liberationtech] French Government doing SSL MITM

Fabio Pietrosanti (naif) lists at infosecurity.ch
Sun Dec 8 04:34:56 PST 2013


Hi,

a very dirty fact happened yesterday that still didn't have the
appropriate attention.

The French Government ANSSI made a MITM against Google SSL/TLS:
http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.it/2013/12/further-improving-digital-certificate.html

Google does not mention who's ANSSI.

ANSSI is the French CyberSecurity agency, closely working with defense
and intelligence agencies:
http://www.ssi.gouv.fr/

ANSSI declare that they are generating fake-certificate for the purpose
to inspect SSL traffic:
"ANSSI has found that the intermediate CA certificate was used in a
commercial device, on a private network, to inspect encrypted traffic
with the knowledge of the users on that network. "

Google Detected the MITM and Blocked it:
https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=326787

ANSSI issued a statement that it was a "Human Error" from someone from
the Finance Ministry:
http://www.ssi.gouv.fr/en/the-anssi/events/revocation-of-an-igc-a-branch-808.html

So, the summary of the story can be read as follow:
"A French Governmental Agency working on cybersecure with defense and
intelligence agencies admitted that they are doing SSL MITM and that,
due to a human error, they have been caught"

-- 
Fabio Pietrosanti (naif)
HERMES - Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights
http://logioshermes.org - http://globaleaks.org - http://tor2web.org




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