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[Discuss] Why the dislike of X.509?

So you hate OpenVPN, which uses the user's own private self-generated SSL
certificate authority and does *not* require the centralized certificate
authorities, because SSL in web browsers requires the centralized
certificate authorities?

On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM, Richard Pieri <richard.pieri at>

> On 8/25/2014 7:11 AM, Nuno Sucena Almeida wrote:
> > Why the dislike of X.509 ?
> The dependence on centralized certificate authorities. X.509 is not
> verifiably trustworthy and is anything but private. X.509 is, in fact,
> compromised by design. It was designed specifically to grant
> administrators of X.509 domains access to everything within their domains.
> The only reason it's so widespread today is because Netscape couldn't
> get an export license under ITAR without a key escrow mechanism that
> could be subverted by the US government. That's the foundation of
> Netscape's early SSL which Microsoft duplicated. And now we're saddled
> with a global scale security infrastructure that was compromised at the
> roots from Day 1.
> That's why I hate X.509.
> --
> Rich P.
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