Built-in Risks?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by LambChop, Feb 24, 2006.

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  1. LambChop

    LambChop Registered Member

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    Do all browsers have the same potential built-in risks?
    :eek:

    I am relating to:
    Built-ins, and therefore you cannot 'edit' or 'delete' them things -- such as, Firefox's long list of Certificates -- I went over to the Firefox browser because I thought it would be Safer and give me more control!

    I would like to decide -- who gets a free security pass into my computer -- not someone else.:mad:

    Are all browsers going to have this sort of hard-wire junk?

    Are these people who have paid the browser to get into these lists or what?
    o_O :(

    By giving these people a free security pass -- are we not setting ourselves up to get it in the A** by some hacker?
    :thumbd:

    If there is some browser out there that does NOT have this sort of thing going on -- would someone please tell me where to find it?
     

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  2. trickyricky

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    Er, what "long list of certificates" are you talking about? Could we please have a reference to exactly the issue you're citing here? Surely you don't mean the signed certificates needed for secure browsing? :puzzled:
     
  3. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    All browsers have some issues, but if you want the fastest and safest browser you need to try Opera 8.5 Opera has a little learning curve but it is well worth a little learning. Opera has been around for a very long time and they do know what they are doing.
     

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  4. Devil's Advocate

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    He's refering to the list of default root CA's (Certifying authorithies) like Verisign.

    <Rest of "information" removed because they over simplified the issues too much>


    To be honest I don't understand why the knee jerk reaction for some is to plug Opera. Clearly, this 'problem' exists regardless of which browser you use, since all of them come with default CAs. Default CAs are not the problem, the problem is users having problems understanding what a valid signature means.
     
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  5. LambChop

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    Devil's Advocate
    Many Thanks for your reply and information.:)

    You clarified some things for me -- and validated others -- I am in your debt.
    :D
     

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  6. Devil's Advocate

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    My apologise if you know all that already.

    One last remark

    The last time i checked, you could actually delete these in firefox!
     
  7. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    Yup, you can delete certificates in Firefox. No hard-wire junk, as you call it.
    Mrk
     
  8. LambChop

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    Oh my, NO - I did not know a great deal of what you posted -- and I was most greatful for the information. :)

    However, I do not know how to "delete" and keep those Certs deleted [see my attachment] -- I have deleted them and every single time -- they have re-appeared!
    :doubt:

    I am afraid that my computer knowledge is not enough to deal with some of these things -- I am just a very old "dirt detective" -- not a computer whiz!

    So, if you know a 'trick' that I am not aware of -- please tell me -- this is the only way I learn anything -- just like I used to advise my students -- "If you don't ask -- you can't get an answer"!
    :(
     

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