Yik Yak Messaging App Vulnerability

Yik Yak’s HTTPS communication for iOS is actually fine […] so what’s the problem? […] The vulnerability begins in the fact that Yik Yak’s sole means of user identification is one string; the userID. There are no passwords. […] Yik Yak, like many apps, does not only communicate with its own server API. It makes […]

Migrating your WordPress website from HTTP to HTTPS

In light of #https2015 I flipped the switch on bram.us earlier today: from today forth bram.us is only accessible over HTTPS. If you run a news site, or any site at all, we’d like to issue a friendly challenge to you. Make a commitment to have your site fully on HTTPS by the end of […]

SSL Config Generator

Just choose the web server / web front you’re using (Apache, Nginx, HAProxy) + whether you want to support only modern, intermediate, or old versions of browsers and a proper configuration will be generated. <VirtualHost *:443> … SSLEngine on SSLCertificateFile /path/to/signed_certificate SSLCertificateChainFile /path/to/intermediate_certificate SSLCertificateKeyFile /path/to/private/key SSLCACertificateFile /path/to/all_ca_certs # modern configuration, tweak to your needs SSLProtocol […]

Why Google is Hurrying the Web to Kill SHA-1

Something like 90% of websites that use SSL encryption use an algorithm called SHA-1 to protect themselves from being impersonated. This guarantees that when you go to green lock for facebook.com, you’re visiting the real Facebook and not giving your password to an attacker. Unfortunately, SHA-1 is dangerously weak, and has been for a long […]

Long overdue: HTTPS for the App Store

Early July 2012, I reported to Apple numerous vulnerabilities related to their App Store iOS app. Early March Apple finally issued a fix for it and turned on HTTPS for the App Store. I am really happy that my spare-time work pushed Apple to finally enabled HTTPS to protect users. This post discuss the vulnerabilities […]