[Bitcoin-development] Dedicated server for bitcoin.org, your thoughts?

Robert McKay robert at mckay.com
Sun Dec 8 22:27:17 UTC 2013


On Sun, 8 Dec 2013 13:14:44 -0800, Gregory Maxwell wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM, Drak <drak at zikula.org> wrote:
>> Simple verification relies on being able to answer the email sent to 
>> the
>> person in the whois records, or standard admin/webmaster@ addresses 
>> to prove
>> ownership of the domain
>
> Godaddy and many other CA's are verified from nothing other than a
> http fetch, no email involved.

It's just as easy to steal emails via a BGP or DNS redirect anyway.. 
you could even take over the actual domain at the registry level by 
stealing a password reset via BGP or DNS redirect and actually many 
registries will hand over control of a domain by faxing them a forged 
driving license in the owner's name anyway so it doesn't even really 
need to be a particularly sophisticated attacker. Once you have registry 
control of the domain it's easy enough to get an SSL cert too, probably 
even an 'extended validation' one.

When Afghanistan was taken over the entire .af TLD was probably 
transferred using a forged fax to ICANN 
(http://web.archive.org/web/20041017031020/http://www.iana.org/cctld/af/razeeq-letter-13aug02.pdf) 
but I guess that's a little different :p

Rob




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