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Anthony Meaney
(ameaney) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Ssl certificate not valid on 08/31/2013 07:14:03 MDT Print View

Am getting a warning when I log in that the certificate isn't valid. anyone else experiencing this?

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Ssl certificate not valid on 08/31/2013 07:16:11 MDT Print View

Yes.

Grant a permanent exception.

KEN LARSON
(KENLARSON) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
Ssl certificate not valid on 08/31/2013 08:53:51 MDT Print View

YEP...Microsoft alerted me also last night.
IGNORED and signed in.

BPL ISSUE?

just Justin Whitson
(ArcturusBear)
Re: Ssl certificate not valid on 08/31/2013 22:14:17 MDT Print View

This site has been sold to the Chinese behind closed doors.


Just kidding.

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Ssl certificate not valid on 08/31/2013 22:35:34 MDT Print View

Yeah! Someone's going to break into my hard drive and eat all my cookies!

Jeremy B.
(requiem) - F - M

Locale: Northern California
Re: Ssl certificate not valid on 09/01/2013 00:15:01 MDT Print View

Firefox says the certificate expired on 8/28/13 4:59 PM. Not ideal, but it's not as if the certificate magically goes bad once the clock runs out.

just Justin Whitson
(ArcturusBear)
Re: Re: Ssl certificate not valid on 09/01/2013 00:17:12 MDT Print View

I hope for your sake it's not Cookie Monster, because if it is, nothing, not even God, can save you now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qTIGg3I5y8

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Ssl certificate not valid on 09/01/2013 02:01:18 MDT Print View

215

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Ssl certificate not valid on 09/01/2013 18:21:52 MDT Print View

No warning whatsoever from my Chrome browser. I am suddenly feeling naked, exposed, vulnerable...

just Justin Whitson
(ArcturusBear)
Re: Re: Ssl certificate not valid on 09/01/2013 21:09:59 MDT Print View

Hmmm, i got a warning from my chrome browser. Hey, let your naked, sexy self shine unabashed.

Edited by ArcturusBear on 09/01/2013 21:11:35 MDT.

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
Seriously ... SSL certificate not valid on 09/01/2013 22:55:19 MDT Print View

BPL's SSL certificate has expired, and your browser might be warning you about this problem.

Short version: Tell your browser to trust BPL's expired SSL certificate, but don't do that routinely, especially for more important web sites, like your bank.


Longer version:

What does this mean? What should you do about this? What should BPL do about this?

SSL encrypts information between your browser and a web site to prevent snooping by most Bad Guys. SSL typically protects your username and password as you login, and other critical information like credit card purchases, bank account information, and email. This is A Good Thing.

For SSL to work properly, the web site (BPL) needs to buy an SSL certificate from a widely recognized authority. SSL certificates have an expiration date. BPL's has expired. Likely, someone forgot to renew.

An expired SSL certificate still encrypts your username and password, it's just less "trustworthy" in some theoretical sense. I've used expired SSL certificates on many internal systems for many years.

You can tell your web browser to trust the expired BPL SSL certificate, and move on to worry about more important things, like how many cups of water you can boil on one Esbit tablet under perfect lab conditions :-)

HOWEVER - you should NOT routinely ignore SSL warnings from your web browser, and blindly trust whatever comes along. Bad Guys might be impersonating something important, like your bank or email provider.

BPL should renew their SSL certificate, so we, the paying customers, don't have to deal with this nonsense. SSL certs are as cheap as $10 per year.

For the uber-security geeks out there: Yes, I dramatically simplified a complex situation, and you might disagree with my recommendations. Consider using this as a teaching moment for non-security geeks, rather than flaming me with trivia.

-- Rex

Q Smith
(neotech@ktc.com) - MLife

Locale: Texas Hill Country
Rex you are correct sir on 09/02/2013 07:04:47 MDT Print View

I started getting that notice about a week ago

Adam Klagsbrun
(klags) - MLife

Locale: Northeast US
Time to update? on 09/04/2013 20:27:04 MDT Print View

Has anyone from BPL recognized this and begun to renew? I think its kind of important to have the SSL certificate current, no?

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Time to update? on 09/04/2013 20:34:27 MDT Print View

Look at the bottom of the page. The copyright is expired also.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Time to update? on 09/04/2013 21:15:34 MDT Print View

Copyright and Ssl certificates both expired? Ryan obviously isn't paying much attention to the website right now. What are the odds that he will remember to renew the BPL.com domain name before it expires?

I suggest that this is probably an excellent time to copy and save any of the articles/reviews/etc. that you really want to keep before BPL suddenly disappears.

Forewarned is forearmed.

Victory favors the prepared.

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Forget me not on 09/04/2013 21:30:43 MDT Print View

"What are the odds that he will remember to renew the BPL.com domain name before it expires?"

I know some would jump on that so quick.

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
No worries on domain name expiring soon on 09/04/2013 23:24:54 MDT Print View

Current registration expires over five years from now:

Domain Name: BACKPACKINGLIGHT.COM
Updated Date: 03-jul-2012
Creation Date: 16-nov-2000
Expiration Date: 16-nov-2018

And judging from the BPL Contact link on every page, everyone at BPL is out having fun:

"We are currently upgrading our support system and online support will not be available until early September."

"Until our new support system is online and our staff is back in the office this fall, please direct your support request via mail to: Backpacking Light / ATTN: CSS / 1627 W Main St Ste 310 / Bozeman MT 59715."

So maybe everything will be fixed in a few weeks.

-- Rex

Edited by Rex on 09/04/2013 23:28:58 MDT.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: No worries on domain name expiring soon on 09/04/2013 23:38:26 MDT Print View

"So maybe everything will be fixed in a few weeks."

We are all confident that you are correct.

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: No worries on 09/05/2013 07:24:50 MDT Print View

"So maybe everything will be fixed in a few weeks."

That's the spirit Rex.



uncontrolled laughter from the peanut gallery..

KEN LARSON
(KENLARSON) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
"The Issue" on 09/05/2013 07:55:18 MDT Print View

E-Mailed Ryan and Stephanie concerning the SSI issue. Reply from Stephanie is as follows:
"Thanks Ken. Yes, the issuing company is working on it - we had a business name change last year and this glitch is causing them to delay. Should be about a week."

Edited by KENLARSON on 09/05/2013 07:57:06 MDT.