[Cyberduck-trac] [Cyberduck] #8775: Previously added VeriSign intermediate certificates in Keychain causing trust errors

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Tue Apr 28 19:19:58 UTC 2015

#8775: Previously added VeriSign intermediate certificates in Keychain causing
trust errors
    Reporter:  Nelson Minar  |      Owner:  dkocher
        Type:  defect        |     Status:  new
    Priority:  normal        |  Milestone:
   Component:  s3            |    Version:  4.7
    Severity:  normal        |   Keywords:
Architecture:                |   Platform:
 Prior to version 4.7, Cyberduck had code where it wrote some SSL
 certificates to the user login keychain. This behavior is documented in
 ticket #8741 and the code was changed to no longer do that.

 However, the certificates old versions of Cyberduck wrote to the Keychain
 are now causing fairly serious problems with MacOS. Affected Macs can no
 longer verify Verisign-signed SSL certs in any application. Symptoms are
 the App Store refuses to load, MacOS software updates won't get installed,
 Chrome refuses to load websites and Safari throws errors. It's pretty bad.
 The problem seems to be triggered by Mavericks security update 2015-004
 (released last week).

 The fix is pretty simple: manually delete the spurious entries in the
 login keychain (so that the system entries are used instead). But users
 aren't going to figure that out on their own. There's no indication to the
 user there's a problem with their keychain or that Cyberduck was the app
 that created the problematic entry. I only figured it out thanks to some
 lucky timing and a message on the system console.

 While Cyberduck 4.7 no longer causes the problem, anyone who used an older
 version of Cyberduck still have broken Macs. Could Cyberduck do something
 to notify affected users? Maybe a new version of Cyberduck that checks for
 the bad entries and warns the user, pointing them to a help page?

 It'd also be nice to figure out exactly what entries Cyberduck might have
 written. For me and a bunch of other users it's two Verisign certs, one
 named "VeriSign Class 3 Public Primary Certification Authority – G5". They
 seem to have come from Amazon S3.

 Some references:

  * http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/180570/invalid-certificate-
  * https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6984765
  * https://trac.cyberduck.io/ticket/8741
  * https://nelsonslog.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/mavericks-security-

Ticket URL: <https://trac.cyberduck.io/ticket/8775>
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