Google catches bad digital certificates from Egyptian company

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Google said Monday an Egyptian company issued digital certificates that could have been used to intercept data traffic to its services, which did not appear to have been abused.

The incident is the latest example of longstanding problems around the issuance of digital certificates, which are used to encrypt data and verify the legitimacy of websites.

Google detected on March 20 that unauthorized digital certificates had been issued for several of its domains by MCS Holdings, a Cairo-based networking and security company, wrote Adam Langley, a Google security engineer.

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forcing all css files,images, etc to load via https then applying specific rules based on page

I have a user/profile page that needs to have https protection while the rest of the pages remain http. The following works in ensuring that only the page I am interested in gets https while the rest gets http access.

RewriteEngine On
# Go to https
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^r=user/profile$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(index\.php)$ https://www.mywebsite.com/$1 [R,L]

# Go to http
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !/index\.php\?r=user/profile
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/index\.php$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} !^r=user/profile$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.mywebsite.com/$1 [R,L]

The problem is that images on user/profile page is being accessed through http, thus causing a mixed content error. When the whole website is https protected, there aren’t any of these mixed content issues. I am wondering if there is a way to force https when a user first enters the site (ensuring all css files, and images, etc. are gathered through https) then lift the https per the rules specified above. All help is very much appreciated.

Michael

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