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Older Android phones will not support many secure websites in 2021

Older Android phones will not support many secure websites in 2021

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If you are scrolling your destiny In the news feed of older Android smartphones, it may be time to upgrade. One of the world’s top certificate authorities warns that phones running versions of Android prior to 7.1.1 Nougat will be disconnected from most of the secure web after 2021. Android police Reported on Saturday.

Let’s Encrypt, a non-profit organization affiliated with Mozilla The partnership with fellow certificate authority Iden Trust will expire in September. 1, 2021. Since there are no plans to renew the cross-signature agreement, Let’s Encrypt has switched to using only its own ISRG root X1 route, and from January 11th, the default for DST root X3, which is the root certificate for Iden Trust. We plan to stop cross-signing. ..

Given that, it ’s a pretty important change. 1/3 Of all web domains, it relies on your organization’s certificate. However, this can “cause compatibility issues,” says lead developer Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, because older software does not trust Let’s Encrypt root certificates. Blog post Friday.

“Some software that hasn’t been updated since 2016 (when the root was accepted by many root programs) has not yet trusted the root certificate ISRG Root X1,” he said. It was. “In particular, this includes versions of Android prior to 7.1.1, which means that these older versions of Android will no longer trust the certificate issued by Let’s Encrypt.”

The only workaround for these users is to install Firefox. This is because Firefox relies on its own certificate store, which includes the root of Let’s Encrypt, but it cannot prevent application corruption and guarantee features other than the browser.

Let’s Encrypt pointed out that about 34% of Android devices are running versions older than 7.1, based on data from Google’s Android development suite. This means that after 2021, millions of users could be disconnected from most of the secure Web. New phone This holiday season may be worth the luxury if you just want to relieve your headache later.

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