[cabfpub] downgrade DV UI RE: OIDs for DV and OV

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Tue Nov 4 09:39:19 UTC 2014

On 04/11/14 01:52, Richard Wang wrote:
> I think we not only need to add DV and OV OID to end user certificate,
> but also the browsers *should downgrade the DV UI* to tell users that
> this site true identity is not verified! 

I disagree with that as a blanket statement.

There are many Internet businesses which are known simply by their
domain name. "match.com", and so on. For them, a DV certificate, which
proves that the holder of the certificate owns match.com, has verified
their identity to a degree which is often sufficient.

Clearly, this is not all you need in every case, but it's not true to
say that "identity is not verified" for DV certificates. It depends what
sort of identity verification an end user needs.

> Chrome display a GREEN padlock like OV and say “Identity verified”, is
> this info correct?

It says that underneath a reprint of the domain name - which is the
piece of identity which has been verified.

> All comments are welcome, I wish the DV SSL will die in the future since
> the site identity is more important than encryption, spoof site has SSL
> is no any good meaning and is more dangerous than no SSL.

DV is the only plausible route to the web being secure by default. It is
not going to go away.


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