Scary Software

I love those security guys just as much as the next guy but this certificate crazyness is ridiculous. Look at this message that a poor unsuspecting user sees when they try to run a downloaded java application:

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Inspires confidence, doesn't it? The absurd part is this: I can go out and spend several hundred dollars to get an actual official certificate which certifies tht I am indeed BlogBridge Inc. How does that help anyone?

A guy in Kansas sees that Microsoft or Sun promises me that Verisign promises me that this software is really from BlogBridge, Inc. Big Deal! Who the heck is BlogBridge Inc?

Unless you are Microsoft or General Electric, who knows if they can trust you? It's a big farce built upon beautiful and elegant mathematics and cryptography which is correct and yet impotent
Posted on July 9, 2004 and filed under Technology.