A study into the HTTPS certificate ecosystem

Mulcahy, Amie (2016) A study into the HTTPS certificate ecosystem. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    With the Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS} being critical in a modern day society where the Internet is providing users with the capability to shop, bank, read, and communicate the published reports claiming that is a fundamentally flawed protocol are increasingly concerning (Arnbak, Asghari, Van Eeten, & Van Eijk, 2014).
    This project is founded on the analysis of the 1,441,121 certificates in the EFF SSL Observatory that were collected in 2010 and the certificates collected in 2016 from the 13,890 websites using HTTPS in the Alexa Internet Inc. top 100,000 website list. The project investigates the organisations that the HTTPS protocol depends upon and examines specific practices they employee that can potentially lead to weaknesses in the protocol.
    The high level implications of the analysis of these certificates is discussed with a decision being formulated regarding the requirement for global governance and regulation in the HTTPS certificate ecosystem.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Computing
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 11:03
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 11:03
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21397

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