Ivan Ristić (Qualys SSL Labs)

Presentation Title A Real-Life Study of What Really Breaks SSL
Presentation Abstract

We love security metrics because they tell us what really goes on out there. Last year we conducted an analysis of millions of SSL servers, showing, for the first time, how SSL is really used. This year we are pushing our study further by deepening and expending our efforts in several key areas. We will be looking at the problems that really break SSL — insecure session cookies, mixed content, incorrect site configuration, and distribution of trust to third-party sites. The best crypto in the world is not going to help a site that has flaws in these critical areas.

To discover these flaws we are building a custom site crawler, which we are then going to run against the world’s 1 million most used web sites. In addition to all that, we are expanding the scope of the study to include protocols other than HTTP, as well as basing our assessment on an updated version of the rating guide. The end result? We are finally going to find out how useful SSL really is.

About Ivan Ristić

Ivan Ristić is a respected security expert and author, known especially for his contribution to the web application firewall field and the development of ModSecurity, an open source web application firewall. He is also the author of Apache Security, a comprehensive security guide for the Apache web server, and ModSecurity Handbook. He founded SSL Labs, a research effort focused on the analysis of the real-life usage of SSL and the related technologies. A frequent speaker at computer security conferences, Ivan is a member of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), and an officer of the Web Application Security Consortium (WASC).