Let’s Encrypt, a nonprofit certification body run by the Internet Security Research Group, announced that it has found a solution to the problem that increases the compatibility of older Android phones with their certification for three years.
The nonprofit certification body warned in November that old Android phones running 7.1.1 or earlier would not be able to visit large parts of the secure web by September 2021.
Let’s Encrypt relies on IdenTrust, another certification body, for a mutual signature that allows its certificates to run across legacy platforms.
The IdenTrust certificate that allows this is set to expire next year, and the authority indicated that this is a big problem because 33.8 percent of Android users are still running versions older than 7.1 of Android.
According to the University of Michigan, Let’s Encrypt is the world’s largest certification body, and it has helped double the number of secure websites by providing the service for free and making it easier to implement HTTPS.
In February of this year, the nonprofit revealed that it had issued its billionth certificate.
In its new announcement, Let’s Encrypt says: Thanks to some innovative thinking from its community and the brilliant partners in IdenTrust, it was able to find an alternative solution, so that the partners implement the new mutual signature solution, which works until 2024.
Users will not have to do anything, nor will they even discover that they were threatened with losing access to almost all of the safe websites if they never read about the problem.
“The solution guarantees uninterrupted service for all users and avoids the potential outage that she was worried about,” says Let’s Encrypt.
Certificates are the way that websites define themselves as secure, making HTTPS possible, and are issued by certified certification bodies for software developers and browsers.
In practice, this means that certificates issued by these bodies are automatically trusted by browsers and applications, bypassing the need for each site to obtain approval from every browser present.