The controversial certificate authority StartCom is going to close, according to board chairman Xiaosheng Tan, the business will end its activity on January 1, 2018.
Starting from January 1, 2018, StartCom will no longer issue new digital certificates, but CRL and OCSP service will continue for two years, until the expiration of the StartCom’s three key root pairs.
First reply to StartCom announcing the end of its certification business is a founding engineer glad it's dead ?https://t.co/ccXo6WHGYh
— SwiftOnSecurity (@SwiftOnSecurity) November 17, 2017
For this reason, according to Tan the shut down of the CA “would not have a major impact.”
According to w3techs.com, about 0.1 per cent of websites worldwide still use StartCom as an SSL certificate authority.
The following diagram shows the historical trend in the percentage of websites using StartCom.
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(Security Affairs – StartCom CA, PKI)