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New maximum lifetime for SSL Certificates

CA/B Forum, the consortium composed of the main Certification Authorities (CA) and vendors of Internet browser software, passed a ballot in the beginning of march 2017 to reduce the validity period of DV and OV certificates.

From the 1st of March 2018, all CA and RA (Registration Authorities) will no longer be able to issue “Domain Validated” and “Organization Validated” certificates for more than a 2-year period (825 days to be precise).

By giving the same validity periods to the DV and OV certificates as the ones already in place for the EV, the CA/B Forum will be able to shorten the time it takes for all their regulations to take effect by 12 months. This decision should therefore bring more flexibility and reactivity in the management of changes and the future evolutions of the SSL standard.

GlobalSign, our technological partner, already updated the policies and procedures regarding its SSL certificates in order to comply to those new obligations. They made the following statement in an official release: “From April the 20th 2017, GlobalSign will no longer sell certificates with a validity period of 3 years in order to limit the effects that this new ruling will have on his customers after the 1st of March 2018“.

If you want more information, you can visit the CA/B Forum website.

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