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Apple, Google, GoDaddy misissued TLS certificates with weak serial numbers
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Major certificate authorities like Apple, Google, and GoDaddy have misissued over 1.2 million TLS certificates that featured an insufficiently long serial number of only 63 bits instead of the industry minimum of 64 bits.

This problem does not pose a direct security threat to internet users today. However, it may lead to a large number of broken sites in the coming weeks as TLS certificates are replaced on the fly.
 
The error at the heart of this issue came to light on February 24, during a public discussion about accepting a controversial organization (DarkMatter) into Firefox's list of approved certificate authorities (CAs) --organizations allowed to issue TLS certificates to be used to secure HTTPS communications.
 
During a review of DarkMatter's infrastructure and its past activity, Corey Bonnell, a security engineer with Sophos, noticed that the organization had issued 235 TLS certificates that featured a serial number of 63 bits instead of 64.   
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