Is this something we (as consumers of FreeBSD) need to be aware of?

Robert Bonomi bonomi at
Wed Jun 6 17:23:20 UTC 2012

"Julian H. Stacey" <jhs at> wrote:
> > I do wonder about that. What incentive does the possesor of a signing key 
> > have to keep it secret? 
> Contract penalty clause maybe ? Lawyers ?

Contract with _whom_?  The party you pay money to -- Verisign -- simply
certifies that the party buying the certificate/signing-key  -is- who they 
claim to be.

It is *entirely* up to the owner of that certificate/signing-key -who- they
allow to use it.

If someone/anyone attempts to 'revoke' that certificate/key _other_ than
at the request of the owner of that certificate/key, *THAT* party is subject
to legal sanctions.  Among other things, 'false persona', 'tortuous inter-
ference in a business relationship', just to name a few.

There is, however, an 'interesting' legal question -- *if* a party were to
let 'anybody' use their certificate/key, what is the certificat/key owner's
legal liability if someone uses that key to sign malware?

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