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Free Addon: Perspectives

From: Nicolás Reynolds
Subject: Free Addon: Perspectives
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 01:11:20 -0300
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

It's GPL3: http://www.networknotary.org/firefox.html

# Overview
We have developed an extension to the popular Firefox browser that contacts
network notaries whenever your browser connects an HTTPS website.

For an overview of how Perspectives works, see our main page .

The extension provides two primary benefits:

- If you connect to a website with an untrusted (e.g.,self-signed
certificate)*, Firefox will give you a very nasty security error and force you
to manually install an exception. Perspectives can detect whether a self-signed
certificate is valid, and automatically overrides the annoying security error
page if it is safe to do so.

- It is possible that an attacker may trick one of the many Certificate
Authorities trusted by Firefox into incorrectly issuing a certificate for a
trusted website. Perspectives can also detect this attack and will warn you if
things look suspicious.

* The same is true for HTTPS sites with certificates that contain mismatched
domain names (e.g., www.gmail.com uses a certificate for mail.google.com) or
certificates that are expired.

Nicolás Reynolds,

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"Freedom [...] is messy" ~ Eben Moglen

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