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Certification authorities were prohibited from delegating domain / IP domain ownership verification by CA / B Forum decision

Until recently, certifying authorities were able to delegate the domain/IP verification process to third-party companies. Gervase Markham (Mozilla), as well as Ryan Sleevi (Google) and Mike Reilly (Microsoft) decided to make a proposal to the CA / B Forum about forbidding such practice.

Domain / IP verification is an important part of the identity verification activities performed by certification authority. Delegating these checks significantly complicates the audit of issued SSL certificates. Third-party companies may have no proper paperwork showing how they conducted domain / IP verification and whether this process was scrupulous and transparent.

The proposed changes require making adjustments in the Baseline Requirements, explicitly defining the term "authorized third party", and removing references to the possibility of delegating domain / IP checks for certifying authorities.

The proposal was adopted by a majority vote.

If you are looking to purchase certificates from trusted certification authorities that meet the requirements of the SSL industry, you can always do so in our LeaderSSL store. 


We are now accepting Bitcoins!

We always strive to do everything possible to make our customer service truly comfortable and competitive. Customers are telling us that payment options convenience is really important to them therefore we are excited to announce that we are now accepting payment in Bitcoins!

Beginning from now you can choose to pay for your purchase at LeaderSSL store with Bitcoins, if this digital currency is suitable for you! We hope that this innovative payment option will provide you maximum flexibility in terms of payment convenience.

Bitcoin transactions are highly secure and provide high privacy protection level! All transactions should be verified by the Bitcoin network within 4 hours.

Pay for your LeaderSSL services with Bitcoins! 


Google Chrome developers announced full denial of trust concerning WoSign and Startcom issued certificates

WoSign and StartCom certifying authorities have been repeatedly violating SSL certificates issuing process in the past and now will be completely distrusted in the Chrome browser. This process is currently being implemented, and will be accomplished by the time of Chrome 61 release.

Partial rejection of trust in the certificates issued by WoSign and its subsidiary StartCom was initiated back in Chrome 56. At that time, only reduced restrictive measures were implemented: all certificates issued before October 21 (2016) were recognized as trusted in Chrome. However, it was decided that a confidence level should be narrowed to a list of hosts from the first million by Alexa Rank.

The white list is constantly truncating, and, finally, in the browser Chrome 61, it will be completely removed. This will lead to a complete denial of trust in the certificates issued by WoSign and StartCom (both root and issued by these certification authorities).

On the Chrome Beta this decision should appear at the end of July. It is expected that it will have a “Stable” status by the middle of September.

Site owners who are still using StartCom or WoSign certificates will have urgently change them to the certificates issued by other trusted certification authorities, such as Comodo, Symantec, GeoTrust, etc.

If you have WoSign or StartCom certificates installed, you can always change them to a trusted SSL certificates with no hassle by contacting our store. You will be pleased with our competitive prices and unrivaled level of customer support which will address any emerging issues!


Google Chrome Developers have decided upon sanctions against Symantec issued SSL certificates

Chrome developers revealed a roadmap for gradual distrust in Symantec certificates after a large-scale discussion, caused by the fact that Symantec certificates were issued incorrectly.

The plan has been finalized and Google announced that there would be no further revision. Google has indicated that in Chrome 66, all certificates issued by Symantec before June 1, 2016, will be completely distrusted by April 17, 2018, when the new version of the browser will obtain "Stable" status. However, in order to avoid errors, Chrome developers advised to re-issue Symantec certificates before March 15, 2018 - date when the beta version of Chrome 66 will be released. Declared roadmap correlates with earlier statements by Mozilla and Google.

Release of Chrome 66 were chosen to allow site owners enough time to move to new certificates. Symantec certificates issued before June 1, 2016 advised to be changed at the earliest opportunity so that users do not encountered disruptions when visiting affected websites. Depriving trust in Symantec certificates is a necessary measure, because certificates issuance process at that time was poorly managed, therefore certificates may have been issued for fraudulent purposes.

All Symantec certificates issued through their previous infrastructure will no longer be trusted in Chrome 70.

Representatives of leading browsers pointed out that ultimate goal that they trying to achieve is deprecate of trust in all Symantec certificates issued through the old infrastructure. This goal will be accomplished with release of Chrome 70, which will be launched on October 23, 2018 (Stable version). Google developers state that in Chrome 70, only certificates released by Symantec's partner certification authority infrastructure will be marked as trustworthy.

How does Google’s roadmap for Symantec certificates look like?

  • October 24, 2017 - the Stable version of Chrome 62 will be released. It will be contain notification of problem with certificates in DevTools.
  • December 1, 2017 - Symantec certificates issued in the old infrastructure no longer work in Chrome. At this point, Symantec should have already been issuing certificates through a new partner infrastructure. Those certificates will remain trusted after the release of Chrome 70.
  • March 15, 2018 - the beta version of Chrome 66 will be launched. Symantec certificates, issued before June 1, 2016 will be no longer trusted.
  • April 17, 2018 - the Stable version of Chrome 66 comes out.
  • September 13, 2018 - the beta version of Chrome 70 will be released. Google will remove and distrust all Symantec certificates issued under their old infrastructure will be untrusted.
  • October 23, 2018 - the Stable version of Chrome 70 will be released.

Note: all of the above applies not only to Symantec certificates, but also to GeoTrust, Thawte and RapidSSL certificates.

If you are currently own any of these certificates, we recommend you to re-issue them after December 1 (or use certificates from other certifying authorities: for example, Comodo, Entrust). This will allow avoiding any mistakes associated with them in the future.

If you purchased a Symantec / Thawte / GeoTrust / RapidSSL certificate that falls under the re-issue conditions, in our store, we will reissue your certificate at no additional charges.

If you have any follow up questions, please do not hesitate to contact us using contact information provided on our web site.


LeaderSSL is now a registered trademark!

LeaderTelecom B.V. has registered a trademark to protect its brand – LeaderSSL. From now on, all SSL certificates from various certification authorities will be sold under newly established LeaderSSL trademark.

Trademark name registration was obtained via EUIPO - The European Union Intellectual Property Office. Trademark protected LeaderSSL brand will help to distinguish LeaderSSL store from various fake sites, protect LeaderSSL brand name and business reputation as well as provide greater coherence between store name and legal LeaderSSL brand owners. Now the URL of the site fully corresponds to the name of the trademark.

Distinctive LeaderSSL trademark reveals new advertising opportunities for our company as LeaderSSL brand will be protected from being used for unauthorized marketing campaings. We highly appreciate our customers and strive to offer the best services possible. We would like to express our sincere thanks for being with us!  

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