[Noisebridge-discuss] Can't access Noisebridge.net using Firefox

Leif Ryge leif at synthesize.us
Tue Sep 17 11:02:23 UTC 2013


On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 12:10:47AM -0700, Robert Chu wrote:
> I just installed Firefox on this computer and get the following message
> when trying to access noisebridge.net:
> 
> This Connection is Untrusted
> 
>           You have asked Firefox to connect
> securely to www.noisebridge.net, but we can't confirm that your connection
> is secure.
>           Normally, when you try to connect securely,
> sites will present trusted identification to prove that you are
> going to the right place. However, this site's identity can't be verified.
> 
>           What Should I Do?
> 
>             If you usually connect to
> this site without problems, this error could mean that someone is
> trying to impersonate the site, and you shouldn't continue
> 
>         www.noisebridge.net uses an invalid security certificate.
> 
> The certificate is not trusted because the issuer certificate has expired.
> The certificate will not be valid until 6/25/2013 3:10 AM. The current time
> is 9/10/2009 3:01 AM.
> 
> (Error code: sec_error_expired_issuer_certificate)
> 
> 
> In addition, there is no option "Add Exception" option for this as well.
> 
> Please advice.
> 
> Cheers
> RAYC

This is a lousy error message. Although it does say what the actual problem is
(your computer believes that "The current time is 9/10/2009 3:01 AM") it ought
to also mention that it is possible (likely, even) that your computer's clock
is incorrect. Furthermore, despite saying that the "certificate will not be
valid until 6/25/2013 3:10 AM" it twice uses the word "expired" which is not
accurate at all.

Anyway, you need to set your clock.

If you feel like spending a few minutes on improving Firefox, you could file a
bug about how terrible this error message is: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/

~leif
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