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Ivan Ristic

DROWN Grading Update

We are releasing an update to the grading criteria, version 2009l, to respond to the discovery of the DROWN attack. If a server is found to be vulnerable to DROWN it will be given an F, even though it might not support SSL v2 itself. (The nature of the DROWN vulnerability is such that servers that support SSL v2 can affect other servers, irrespective of supported protocol versions). You’ll find more information about our DROWN test here. Additionally, servers that support SSL v2 but don’t have any cipher suites configured are treated as if they had SSL v2 fully enabled.

This update also contains two fixes to our grading code, which we don’t consider to be changes to our grading criteria:

  • Servers that have invalid HPKP information are not awarded A+.
  • Servers that have an RSA key with exponent 1 are given an F.

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