site loses verified identity after redirect



11 years ago
2 years ago


(Reporter: info, Assigned: kaie)




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11 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9b4pre) Gecko/2008021607 Minefield/3.0b4pre
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9b4pre) Gecko/2008021607 Minefield/3.0b4pre

In the explanation of Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates in the release notes for FF3b3, The _Try it here!_ link goes to
This is indeed green with more information, but after it redirects to , the green certificate goes away.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Go to
2.  Wait until it redirects
Actual Results:  
The initial URL has the green section and clicking its "favicon" displays more info about

But when it redirects I get a white URL, and "you are connected to an unverified site".

This happens even though for me, the redirect is to , on the same apparent site.

If I paste the new URL into the location bar, it appears green with verification.

Expected Results:  
The green verified state shouldn't be lost.

It could be just a quirk of, I haven't found a similar situation on another secure site to try.  (FWIW's redirect for error pages doesn't lose its "green-ness".)
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9b4pre) Gecko/2008021722 Minefield/3.0b4pre ID:2008021722
I see this too, but I see it with Opera 9.26 as well.
Version: unspecified → Trunk
Moving to Core->Security:UI since it sounds to me like the UI is responding to PSM signals that the site is, and then isn't, securely identified.

This bug MAY be INVALID, if PSM is doing this deliberately because britishairways is redirecting through an http link.  I'm not actually clear on the policy stance that PSM takes here, but I know Opera treats an https->http->https redirect as insecure, since that http link could have been tampered with.  Still, in this case it seems a little odd - if the top-level document at the end of the whole chain was served in an EV way, it feels like we can confidently assert its EV status.  On the other hand, it might not be the EV page they *wanted* to go to, since an attacker could reroute the http step to a site under their control with an EV cert.

All of this is conjecture though, moving to the component where the answers are.  :)
Assignee: nobody → kengert
Component: Location Bar and Autocomplete → Security: UI
OS: Windows XP → All
Product: Firefox → Core
QA Contact: → ui
Hardware: PC → All

Comment 3

11 years ago
I don't get an automatic redirect.

I start and go to
shows green

Then I manually go to

This brings me to a site with "mixed content", refer to the red icon in the lower right corner.

You don't get green, because of the mixed content.
I can see a script being loaded from plain http.

I think this bug is invalid.
Please reopen if you see something else.
Last Resolved: 11 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID

Comment 4

11 years ago
I probably get redirected because I have BA_COUNTRY_CHOICE_COOKIE set (to "US").

Thanks for explaining why the U.S. landing page isn't green.

Since quite a few FF3 users will get redirected, the release notes (currently should use a different URL than as the "Try it here!" example for "the site favicon button will turn green and show the name of the company you're connected to".  I filed bug 419151 for that bug, I agree this one is RESOLVED INVALID.

Comment 5

11 years ago
Mike, this bug proposes the Firefox release notes shall not point to britishairways as an EV example site.


11 years ago
Keywords: relnote
Product: Core → Core Graveyard
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