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No pandemic restrictions for CAcert’s services

DEUTSCH Die meisten Dienstleis-tungen von CAcert unterliegen nicht den behördlichen Pandemie-Ein-schränkungen. Support und Zerti-fikatsausstellung werden weiterhin rund um die Uhr angeboten, die gesetzlichen Mindestabstände bei weitem eingehalten.

Bei einer Assurance sind normalerweise weniger als 5 Personen anwesend und sich nur für kurze (weniger als 15 min) Zeit treffen. Wir empfehlen zu Beginn und am Ende die Hände mindestens 30s lang einzuseifen und während der ganzen Assurance eine Maske zu tragen. Wenn möglich soll eine Assurance in Freien stattfinden.

FRANÇAIS La plupart des services de CAcert ne sont pas soumis à des restrictions réglementaires en cas de pandémie. L’assistance et la délivrance de certificats continuent d’être offertes 24 heures sur 24, et les distances minimales légales sont de loin respectées.

Lors d’une accréditation, moins de 5 personnes sont généralement présentes et ne se rencontrent que pour une courte durée (moins de 15 minutes). Nous recommandons de se savonner les mains pendant au moins 30 secondes au début et à la fin et de porter un masque pendant toute la durée de l’accréditation. Si possible, une accréditation doit avoir lieu à l’extérieur.

ITALIANO La maggior parte dei servizi di CAcert non sono soggetti a restrizioni normative in caso di pandemia. Il supporto e l’emissione di certificati continuano ad essere offerti 24 ore su 24 e le distanze minime legali sono di gran lunga rispettate.

Durante un’assicurazione, di solito sono presenti meno di 5 persone e si incontrano solo per un breve periodo di tempo (meno di 15 minuti). Si consiglia di insaponare le mani per almeno 30s all’inizio e alla fine e di indossare una maschera per tutta la durata dell’assicurazione. Se possibile, l’assicurazione dovrebbe avvenire all’aperto.

ENGLISH Most of CAcert’s services are not subject to the official pandemic restrictions. Support and certificate issuance continue to be offered around the clock, and the legal minimum distances are by far adhered to.

During an assurance, usually less than 5 people are present and meet for a short (less than 15 min) time. We recommend soaping hands for at least 30s at the beginning and end and wearing a mask throughout the assurance. If possible, an assurance should take place outdoors.

ESPAGÑOL La mayoría de los servicios de CAcert no están sujetos a restricciones reglamentarias en caso de pandemia. Se sigue ofreciendo apoyo y emisión de certificados las 24 horas del día, y se respetan con mucho las distancias mínimas legales.

Durante una aseguración, normalmente están presentes menos de 5 personas y sólo se reúnen durante un corto tiempo (menos de 15 minutos). Recomendamos enjabonar las manos por lo menos 30s al principio y al final y usar una máscara durante todo el aseguración. Si es posible, una aseguración debe tener lugar al aire libre.

CAcert’s European Bank Accounts

deutsch:
Ab sofort können Zahlungen aus dem SEPA-Raum* auf das europäische Bankkonto von CAcert überwiesen werden. Für Spenden können Sie weiterhin das Bankkonto von Secure-U in Deutschland verwenden (so vermeiden wir, dass Geld sinnlos hin- und her geschoben wird, da Secure-U für uns die Server mietet); für Mitgliederbeiträge sollte jedoch das untenstehende Bankkonto in der Schweiz verwendet werden, da nur dann der Mitgliederbeitrag dem Mitglied zugeordnet werden kann. Sie finden untenstehend Name, Postleitzahl/Ort, IBAN-Kontonummer und Bank:

CAcert Inc
7514 Sils im Engadin
Schweiz
IBAN: CH02 0077 4010 3947 4420 0
Graubündner Kantonalbank, Chur
Clearing 774
BIC (SWIFT) GRKBCH2270A

Payments from these countries (SEPA) are particularly easy.

italiano:
A partire da ora, i pagamenti dall’area SEPA* possono essere trasferiti sul conto bancario europeo di CAcert. Per le donazioni prego di utilizzare il conto bancario Secure-U in Germania; tuttavia, per le quote associative, si deve utilizzare il conto bancario in Svizzera sotto indicato, poiché solo in tal caso la quota associativa può essere assegnata al socio. Qui di seguito trovate nome, numero postale/località, numero di conto IBAN e banca:

CAcert Inc
7514 Siglio in Engadina
Svizzera
IBAN: CH02 0077 4010 3947 4420 0
Banca Cantonale Grigione, Coira
Clearing 774
BIC (SWIFT) GRKBCH2270A

Rumantsch:
CAcert Inc
7514 Segl Maria
Svizra
IBAN: CH02 0077 4010 3947 4420 0
Banca Chantunala Grischuna, Cuira
Clearing 774
BIC (SWIFT) GRKBCH2270A

English:
As of now, payments from the SEPA area* can be transferred to CAcert’s European bank account. For donations, the Secure-U bank account in Germany can still be used (to avoid that money is transfered twice on the same account); however, for membership fees, the bank account in Switzerland listed below should be used, as only then the membership fee can be assigned to the member. Below you will find name, postcode/town, IBAN account number and bank:

The leading bank in southeastern Switzerland.

CAcert Inc
7514 Sils/Segl Maria
IBAN: CH02 0077 4010 3947 4420 0
Grisons Cantonal Bank, Coire
Clearing 774
BIC (SWIFT) GRKBCH2270A

The bank is rated AA/stable by Standard&Poor. It also has a state guarantee from the state (canton) of Grisons (one of Switzerland’s 26 provinces).

Français:
Dès à présent, les paiements provenant de l’espace SEPA* peuvent être transférés sur le compte bancaire européen de CAcert. Pour les dons, continuez d’utliser le compte bancaire Secure-U en Allemagne; en revanche, pour les cotisations, il convient d’utiliser le compte bancaire en Suisse indiqué ci-dessous, car ce n’est qu’alors que la cotisation peut être attribuée au membre. Vous trouverez ci-dessous le nom, le code postal/le lieu, le numéro de compte IBAN et la banque :

CAcert Inc
7514 Segl Maria
IBAN: CH02 0077 4010 3947 4420 0
Banque Cantonale des Grisons, Coire
Clearing 774
BIC (SWIFT) GRKBCH2270A

* SEPA Area: all 27 countries of the European Union, furthermore: Guadeloupe, French Guyana, Martinique, Réunion, Mayotte, Saint-Pierre, Miquelon, Canary Islands, Azores, Madeira, Ceuta, Melilla, United Kingdom, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Monaco, San Marino, Holy Seed, Croatia, Andorra.

Browser manufacturers shorten certificate lifetime to one year

From September onwards, HTTPS certificates may only be issued for a maximum of one year.

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CAcert will adapt the free certificates

The maximum validity of certificates for proof of identity on the web will be further reduced – in the next step to one year. Although a vote on this issue in the CA/Browser Forum failed in September due to resistance from the certification authorities, it is still being discussed. But in March Apple came forward and declared that Safari will only accept certificates issued after September 1, 2020 if they are not valid for more than one year.

Now Mozilla and Google are following suit and creating facts. In the past, terms of 5 years were not unusual. Currently, certificates may still be issued for 2 years (more precisely: 825 days — i.e. plus some grace period). With the renewed tightening, Chrome, for example, delivers an ERR_CERT_VALIDITY_TOO_LONG if a certificate was issued after September 1, 2020 and is valid for more than 398 days.

Revocation broken

The main reason for the constant shortening of the certificate lifetime is the fact that there is no generally functioning revocation mechanism by which a certificate could be revoked. Revocation lists (CRLs) and the Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) have proven to be unsuitable and are now switched off by default.

The browser manufacturers still maintain their own internal revocation lists, which they can use to react to acute incidents. But this is a quasi manual procedure that can only cover significant problem cases. Ultimately, the browser manufacturers are now focusing on damage limitation: if, for example, the secret key of a certificate is stolen, an expiration date that is approaching as soon as possible should solve the problem.

No need for action for users

Lets Encrypt, which meanwhile dominates the market, is the pioneer and only issues certificates for 3 months anyway. Renewal is then automated via ACME. According to Mozilla, however, the other certification authorities have also agreed to only issue certificates for 398 days from September 1. In view of the demonstration of power of the browser manufacturers, they probably don’t have much choice.

As a web site operator, you don’t have to do anything else – even if you still have a certificate with a longer validity in operation. The new rule only applies to certificates issued after September 1, 2020.