Reported last year, the decision was taken by Google to stop trusting some Symantec SSL Certificates on servers. This decision was taken after a number of failings in the authorisation chain of Symantec Certificates. Back in 2017 there was a public posting questioning the authentication of a number of Symantec Corporation PKI certificates. It appeared that a number of certificates issued did not conform to correct baseline requirements, and Symantec had authorised other organisations to issue certificates on their behalf without appropriate oversight.
The Google Chrome browser which is used by the majority of users when surfing the web will stop trusting these certificates when the update is released on April 17, 2018.
What do I need to do
If you run a website you need to follow the simple steps below to check that your website will not be affected
If you do not run a website, you can continue to browse the web as normal, when you come across an affected website, Chrome it will prevent you accessing it until they resolve the issue.
How do I check my website
To confirm if your website will be affected on 17th April follow these steps :
- Open the Google Chrome Browser (You'll need Version 63.0.3239.132 - or newer)
- Go to your website
- While you are on the main page of your website, open the Console Log, this can be done by one of the following:-
- Pressing the F12 key
- Pressing CTRL+SHIFT+I
- Click the 3 dots, choose "More Tools" > "Developer Tools"
- Click on the Console option along the top of the area that opens next to the web page
- If you see the following message your website will need to obtain and install a new certificate
- The message :
I'm affected and I need help