Wrong and confusing description for Certification Authorities in the CA trust editing dialog

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Core
Security: PSM
P5
normal
8 years ago
a year ago

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(Reporter: Ulrich Windl, Unassigned)

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Description

8 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.1.4) Gecko/20091017 SUSE/2.0.0-1.1.3 SeaMonkey/2.0
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The descriptive string for CA certificates (Edit.Preferences.Advanced."View Certificates".Authorities."View Certificates".(...).Edit) is completely wrong an thus confusing:
e.g. "This certificate can identify websites"
A CA certificate will NEVER _identify_ a website; it will _certify_ (sign) website _certificates_.

So for a CA that signs user, host and software certificates, the use has to check all three of the "can identify" check-boxes to make the CA work.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Import a new CA certificate into the browser
2. Answer the questions

Actual Results:  
You'll see confusing items like "This certificate can identify websites"

Expected Results:  
"This certificate can identify website certificates or certification authorities for websites"

May wording may not be optimal, but the original is much worse.
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Comment 1

8 years ago
"May" should be "My" above (sorry). Also, I thin this bug is there since at least Firefox 2.0.

Updated

a year ago
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Component: Preferences → Security: PSM
Ever confirmed: true
Priority: -- → P5
Product: Firefox → Core
Summary: Wrong and confusing description for Certification Authorities (CAs) → Wrong and confusing description for Certification Authorities in the CA trust editing dialog
Whiteboard: [psm-backlog]
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