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Google Chrome warning of an SSL problem with Stack Overflow

I tried to navigate to this StackOverflow answer https://stackoverflow.com/a/5459034/1114256 from a website that was not part of StackExchange. Google Chrome browser on Windows 7 returned the following:

Screen capture 21 Oct 2012 approx 3:00 Arizona Time

I am feeling some concern.

  • In my haste, I neglected to obscure all browser my bookmarks. Yes, I am an active Pinterest user.
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Stack Overflow does not use SSL. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Oct 21 '12 at 10:16
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You should alert the source of the link and have him put proper link instead. (using http:// rather than https://) –  Shadow Wizard Oct 21 '12 at 11:14
    
@ShaWizDowArd Thank you. I wanted to do that, but didn't want to be annoying, seem disrespectful to him. I appreciate your input. –  Feral Oink Oct 21 '12 at 12:36
    
Well, https://www.stackoverflow.com is simply a broken link. In my opinion it's no different than stackoverflaw.com or any other wrong/broken link. –  Shadow Wizard Oct 21 '12 at 12:42

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The SSL certificate is valid for stackexchange.com, and *.stackexchange.com, while you are visiting stackoverflow.com. That is the reason you are getting that error.

Firefox gives me a similar error. These are the details about the error:

stackoverflow.com uses an invalid security certificate.

The certificate is only valid for the following names: *.stackexchange.com , stackexchange.com

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Why doesn't this happen with other StackExchange sites from non SE sites e.g. Security StackExchange, when I navigate here security.stackexchange.com/q/20461/12057 with the https? –  Feral Oink Oct 21 '12 at 10:25
    
"The SSL certificate is valid for stackexchange.com, and *.stackexchange.com", @Feral –  Mat Oct 21 '12 at 10:28
    
Because they are *.stackexchange.com domains. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Oct 21 '12 at 10:28
    
Oh, sigh, sorry! I forgot that stackoverflow has its own domain, that the others are subdomains. And so does SuperUser (have its own domain)! Sorry! –  Feral Oink Oct 21 '12 at 10:29
    
So I'd have the same problem with both SuperUser and ServerFault, yes? –  Feral Oink Oct 21 '12 at 10:36
    
And this is why I would have the same problem, and this is why it is like that, and will remain like that for the forseeable future meta.stackexchange.com/questions/69171/… Yes? –  Feral Oink Oct 21 '12 at 10:39
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@FeralOink I get the same error for Super User. –  kiamlaluno Oct 21 '12 at 10:39
    
Not a rhetorical question, nor sarcasm. I –  Feral Oink Oct 21 '12 at 10:39
    
@kiamlaluno And you would for ServerFault too, yes? They i.e. StackExchange site administration don't add the SSL for those other two domains because of all that other stuff in the linked question, is that the issue? Disclaimer: I'm not trying to be annoying or ask gratuitously repetitive questions. Thank you for helping me. –  Feral Oink Oct 21 '12 at 10:41
    
This is what I'm trying to say: I'm not asking about this for this sort of purpose meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6873/security-is-offensive I appreciate the sentiment and purpose and humor of that, but am not um, doing that sort of thing at the moment. –  Feral Oink Oct 21 '12 at 10:45
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@FeralOink The question you linked explains exactly why they are not going to use secure connections on the trilogy sites. As the status is status-deferred, there is the hope they can implement it in the future, but it is not something they can do in the next months. –  kiamlaluno Oct 21 '12 at 10:49
    
@kiamlaluno Thank you very much! –  Feral Oink Oct 21 '12 at 12:34

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