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If certificates are broken then public key crypto is broken, because a trusted third-party certificate is necessary to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks, no?



No. The trust model of HTTPS was always broken from the start. This whole story "only" reinforces the point that key distribution and management is hard, and a central list of certificate authorities is not a good solution.

This story has exactly zero effects if you use some public-key system with different key management.

On the negative side, good systems don't really exist. On the plus side, this story might help push the development of good systems.




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