Deprecation of SHA-1 Hashing Algorithm for Microsoft Root Certificate ProgramPublished: November 12, 2013 | Updated: May 18, 2016
Version: 2.0General InformationExecutive SummaryMicrosoft is announcing a policy change to the Microsoft Root Certificate Program.
The new policy will no longer allow root certificate authorities to issue X.509 certificates using the SHA-1 hashing algorithm for the purposes of SSL and code signing after January 1, 2016. Using the SHA-1 hashing algorithm in digital certificates could allow an attacker to spoof content, perform phishing attacks, or perform man-in-the-middle attacks.
Recommendation. Microsoft recommends that certificate authorities no longer sign newly generated certificates using the SHA-1 hashing algorithm and migrate to SHA-2. Microsoft also recommends that customers replace their SHA-1 certificates with SHA-2 certificates at the earliest opportunity. Please see Windows Enforcement of Authenticode Code Signing and Timestamping for more information.Issue ReferencesFor more information about this issue, see the following references:Additional Suggested Actions
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