Steps to reproduce:

What should happen:

  • Meta site opens

What happens instead:

  • "This Connection is Untrusted" message appears:

meta.movies.stackexchange.com uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is only valid for the following names: *.stackexchange.com, stackexchange.com, meta.stackexchange.com, *.meta.stackexchange.com, *.stackoverflow.com, stackoverflow.com, serverfault.com, stackauth.com, sstatic.net, meta.serverfault.com, superuser.com, meta.superuser.com, stackapps.com, openid.stackauth.com (Error code: ssl_error_bad_cert_domain)


Here is the screenshot:

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  • I couldn't reproduce this on standard settings on firefox 26.0. I'll have a play with security settings Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 12:12
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    Ah, I wasn't automatically redirected. By manually entering https://movies.stackexchange.com/ I was able to get this Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 12:15
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    Related: Better HTTPS support for Stack Exchange sites
    – rene
    Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 12:16
  • Do you have the HTTPS Everywhere addon installed? It seems they added some rulesets about SSL support on Stack Exchange without first consulting Stack Exchange, and thereby broke quite a lot of stuff.
    – TRiG
    Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 12:23
  • @TRiGisTimothyRichardGreen ah, yes, I do - so I guess it isn't a SE bug then
    – lofidevops
    Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 12:25
  • @d3vid nope, not a bug, more of a "known issue that they're steadily working on"
    – Flyk
    Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 12:26
  • @Flyk "steadily working on" isn't quite right. Over two years later, nothing has been done. I'll be really really surprised if it will be ever done. It's just too big a project for SE. Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 8:46

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As per Nick Craver's blog post about getting Stack Exchange onto SSL, it is currently impossible for them to get SSL working on the meta sites, because wildcard certs of the form 'meta.*.stackexchange.com' won't work.

Nick provided more info in this post on Arqade meta; the plan is to change the domains to make it work. Until then, metas don't support SSL. In fact, none of the sites do, officially.


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