Web Encryption Domain

Modified on Tue, 19 Mar 2024 at 10:55 AM

Web Encryption

Overview: The Web Encryption domain assesses the security configurations of web encryption protocols to ensure secure communications and verify system authenticity. Properly configured web encryption is crucial for protecting data from eavesdropping and enhancing user trust. The scan recommends prioritizing encryption issues, especially in systems flagged as "high" value, which are observed to handle sensitive information. 

  • Certificate Expiration Date 

The scan has observed that (x) of (y) websites operating HTTPS have expired certificates. Expired certificates trigger security warnings in browsers and undermine user trust. Prioritizing the resolution of certificate expiration issues for high-value systems is crucial to maintaining secure communications. 

  • Certificate Valid Date 

The scan has observed web site(s) with future certificate valid dates. Using certificates with valid start dates is essential for proper functioning of web encryption. Ensuring that certificates have valid start dates enhances security and prevents disruptions in web communications. 

  • Encryption Hash Algorithm 

The scan has observed that (x) of (y) websites operating HTTPS are using the insecure SHA-1 hashing algorithm. SHA-1 is considered cryptographically weak, posing risks of identity spoofing and fraudulent certificate usage. Prioritizing the resolution of this issue for high-value systems is essential for safeguarding sensitive data. 

  • Encryption Key Length 

The scan has observed system(s) using insufficiently long encryption key lengths. Strengthening encryption keys ensures data confidentiality and prevents unauthorized decryption. Addressing this issue is crucial to enhancing encryption security across systems. 

  • Encryption Protocols 

The scan has observed that (x) of (y) websites operating HTTPS support insecure protocols such as SSLv2, SSLv3, and TLS 1.0. These insecure protocols expose systems to vulnerabilities and increase the risk of data theft. Prioritizing the resolution of this issue for high-value systems is imperative for mitigating security risks. 

  • Certificate Subject 

The scan has observed that (x) of (y) websites operating HTTPS have invalid X.509 encryption certificate subjects. Invalid certificate subjects undermine system trustworthiness and trigger security warnings in browsers. Ensuring that certificates are valid for the hostname of the system they service is essential for maintaining secure communications. 

Conclusion: Addressing encryption issues is vital for ensuring secure web communications and maintaining user trust. By prioritizing the resolution of certificate expiration, valid date, hash algorithm, key length, protocol, and certificate subject issues, organizations can enhance their web encryption security posture and mitigate potential risks effectively. 

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