Widespread HTTPS Adoption to Cause Problems in Millions of Legacy Android Devices in 2021

Google has been quite adamant about the fact that HTTPS should be widely adopted by websites because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up helping to secure any information that is sent to or from these websites. With all of that having been said and out of the way, it is important to note that changes in how security certificates are obtained and who they can be obtained from as well as how these various service providers work together could lead to certain issues when it comes to legacy Android devices that are using old versions of Android that may no longer receive security updates or support from Google.

About 30% of all web domains use security certificates provided by Let’s Encrypt, and this company has had cross-signing privileges with IdenTrust. This mean that each company was willing to vouch for the other, something that can allow the internet to be a bit better connected. However, Let’s Encrypt will not be renewing its cross signing partnership once it expires in September of 2021, and it will stop cross signing in January of the same year.

This is going to impact a lot of different groups but those that use Android 7.1 or earlier versions of the operating system will be affected in particular. People that use legacy Android devices or operating systems are not going to be able to access a lot of sites on the internet. While the forward march of progress is not something that can be stopped in any way, shape or form, at the same time people that use older versions of Android will probably be upset that they are not being allowed to access a lot of the internet due to the age of their device.


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