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Re-issue and replacement of Symantec SSL certificates

Re-issue and replacement of Symantec SSL certificates

21-11-2017 15:36:05

Recently, Symantec announced that DigiCert, the leading provider of enterprise PKI encryption solutions, has acquired Symantec's Website Security and related PKI. In response to changes in browser visibility, Symantec provides an option to re-issue SSL certificates with new infrastructure in this area, working with Digicert. Certificates will work the same way, only the backbone of encryption strings is changing.

This is in response to Google's policy on recognizing certificates.

On July 27, 2017, Google published a plan that takes into consideration the time it takes for Symantec to issue SSL / TLS certificates. Two important dates should be included here:

  • On March 15, 2018 (Chrome 66 Beta), Google Chrome will start warning for SSL / TLS-compliant sites issued before June 1, 2016. Security is not compromised, data encryption will work, but site visitors will see a warning in their browser.
  • Google Chrome also announced that all Symantec certificates must be released from the new infrastructure as of December 1, 2017, and that SSL / TLS certificates previously released from current Symantec infrastructure will not be recognized as of September 13, 2018. (Chrome 70 beta).

On August 1, 2017, Mozilla announced that it intends to follow the schedule proposed by Google, and Google reaffirmed the plan on September 11, 2017.

Symantec certified under the different brands (RapidSSL, Geotrust, Thawte) before June 1, 2016 must be replaced by March 15, 2018. For each Symantec-certified Web site, new ones must be installed on the server.

In the near future, we will inform our customers which certificates will be re-issued. If you have questions, you can contact our Customer Service.

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