This started happening a couple of days ago. When navigating to the Information Security Meta page (after being logged into InfoSec) I'm greeted with the Sign Up and Login buttons. If I click Login the webpage reloads, but no change to my login status.

I seem to be able to go to other Meta sites just fine. When talking with others on the DMZ they seem to be able to access InfoSec Meta. Any thoughts as to why this might be happening?

I can access:

  • Stack Overflow Meta
  • Super User Meta

I can't access:

  • Information Security Meta
  • Unix & Linux Meta
  • Area 51
  • Are you going straight to the meta site or visiting the main site first?
    – ChrisF Mod
    Aug 13 '15 at 12:23
  • Also HTTPS isn't fully supported yet.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Aug 13 '15 at 12:23
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    Ah I see this now. Going straight to Meta without HTTPS Everywhere enabled brings up the certificate error that fails.
    – RoraΖ
    Aug 13 '15 at 12:30
  • So what happens if you use the HTTP link instead?
    – ChrisF Mod
    Aug 13 '15 at 12:34
  • @ChrisF Everything works fine with HTTP. I answered my own question with the relevant certificate error I receive, and the URL difference between the meta sites. I'm sure once the Meta sites get synced with the correct cert name HTTPS Everywhere will allow me to login again.
    – RoraΖ
    Aug 13 '15 at 12:36

So this appears to be an issue with HTTPS Everywhere. Navigating straight to meta.security.stackexchange.com gives the following certificate error:

The identity of this website was not verified. Server's certificate does not match the URL.

Server's Certificate URL: ssl8217.cloudflare.com

Stack Overflow Meta's server certificate responds with: *.stackexchange.com

There in lies the problem. Once SE fixes the certificates used on all Meta sites HTTPS Everywhere will most likely stop failing, and allow me to login.

  • They're more likely to change the meta urls from meta.*.stackexchange.com to *.meta.stackexchange.com (it's to do with minimising the number of certificates and where the wildcards can be), which is quite a task (rewriting existing urls etc.)
    – ChrisF Mod
    Aug 13 '15 at 12:37
  • Yeah that makes sense. I'm just curious why it was working last week, and not this week. But at least I understand what's going on now.
    – RoraΖ
    Aug 13 '15 at 12:42

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