[LINK] More on the Uselessness of Dig Sig Certs
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Jul 17 13:29:00 AEST 2012
What's a mug punter meant to make of this?
Attempts to access
and the errors are inconsistent between browsers, and/or wrong.
(1) Safari 4.1.3 displays a small box containing:
>The certificate for this web-site has expired
[re-typed, because the idiot programmer made that message uncopiable]
When you expand the box, you get a *different* error-message:
>This certificate is not valid (host name mismatch).
Better yet, the names match, and the certificate is shown as date-valid.
(2) Firefox 3.0.19 displays
>Secure Connection Failed
>medicareaustralia.gov.au uses an invalid security certificate.
>The certificate is only valid for www.medicareaustralia.gov.au.
>(Error code: ssl_error_bad_cert_domain)
># This could be a problem with the server's configuration, or it
>could be someone trying to impersonate the server.
># If you have connected to this server successfully in the past, the
>error may be temporary, and you can try again later.
[But wait a minute, that the same domain as in the URL window]
No further detail is offered, just 'Add Exception' or Abandon.
Sure, they're old browsers - just like a lot of other users have,
variously through laziness, incompatibilities, and strong preferences
for less-intrusive old-style browsers over modern
Added to that, it appears that the same problems exist with at least
some current browsers.
One possibility is that "Medicare information has moved to a single
entry point for health, social and welfare payments and services",
and they've left the Medicare site in a state of disrepair - despite
the fact that large numbers of people were habituated to going there.
Roger Clarke http://www.rogerclarke.com/
Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd 78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 6288 1472, and 6288 6916
mailto:Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au http://www.xamax.com.au/
Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law University of NSW
Visiting Professor in Computer Science Australian National University
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