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VeriSign Forgets to Renew an SSL Certificate

It seems that no one is immune to letting an SSL certificate expire. Not even VeriSign, the largest provider of SSL certificates. On January 23rd, 2009, VeriSign forgot to renew an SSL certificate for pip.verisignlabs.com.

Expiration of VeriSign's pip.verisignlabs.com certificate

Though this isn't the first big company to forget to renew an SSL certificate (Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo, and the BBB have all let certificates expire), it is the first known SSL certificate provider to do so and the biggest provider of them all.

SSL certificate expiration can be a problem for anyone. SSL Shopper tries to help with this by allowing expiration reminder emails to be sent for particular certificates (just enter the domain name on the certificate into the SSL Checker and click the Reind Me button) but bigger companies may need to use some kind of certificate lifetime management solution like Venafi's Server Encryption Manager, or Entrust's Certificate Management Service .

Originally posted on Sun Jan 25, 2009



www.sslshopper.com uses an invalid security certificate.

The certificate is not trusted because the issuer certificate is not trusted.

(Error code: sec_error_untrusted_issuer)


Trustwave provides a solution for automated SSL renewals and expiration tracking as well. Certificate Lifecycle Manager. More info here:



Uh. I'm not sure what browser and version you are using but the SSL certificate on SSLshopper.com is trusted by all major browsers unless you have removed the root certificate manually.

The article is about certificate expiration anyway, not an untrusted error (http://www.sslshopper.com/s... so I'm not sure what your point is.


Heh, they learned nothing. This certificate expired again this year, with same results. ;)

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