February 14, 2012 UTC:
Yesterday, I connected to a website of a VPN provider for which Firefox 8.0.1 on Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64 stated that its' SSL certificate is invalid. I saved the received certificate in a PEM file and e-mailed it to the site admins several hours later (they don't have a contact e-mail address, so I ended up e-mailing them through WhoisGuard). They suggested that I delete the certificate stored in Firefox. I did not try to reconnect prior to deleting the certificate, because I had an exception for it in Firefox. After deleting the certificate, Firefox did not consider the sites' certificate to be invalid upon subsequest connections. I saved the received SSL certificate in another PEM file and compared their checksums, which are the same.
The VPN provider in question is used by Anonymous Operations, who have recently DDoS-ed my countries' presidents' website, with his office making a statement that it will put an end to further attacks, and several other government websites. What do you think, is this a Firefox bug or might have there been a Government in the Middle attack?
February 18, 2012 UTC:
Today, I had the same warning with Firefox 10.0.1; the exact error is "sec_error_unknown_issuer". The certificate does not start at certificate root; it's not a self-signed certificate, either; it's a GlobeSSL certificate.
@Hubert Kario: This is the certificate from Firefox:
Certificate: Data: Version: 3 (0x2) Serial Number: 12:e6:16:58:d3:fa:61:cf:a7:da:c5:84:e0:53:4d:ff Signature Algorithm: sha1WithRSAEncryption Issuer: C=US, O=Globe Hosting, Inc., OU=GlobeSSL DV Certification Authority, CN=GlobeSSL CA Validity Not Before: Apr 5 00:00:00 2011 GMT Not After : Apr 5 23:59:59 2013 GMT Subject: OU=Domain Control Validated, OU=Provided by Globe Hosting, Inc., OU=Globe Standard SSL, CN=ibvpn.com Subject Public Key Info: Public Key Algorithm: rsaEncryption Public-Key: (2048 bit) Modulus: 00:bd:c1:03:a1:95:88:48:93:29:8e:de:77:52:13: 64:e2:7a:e2:c8:9e:eb:fc:9b:6d:79:cd:c2:ce:ce: 1a:44:fc:fe:b1:a1:58:e2:bf:84:56:ef:d4:0c:0f: 5a:5f:c1:f5:aa:e7:01:86:f4:55:e6:51:60:2f:85: 5d:f6:5d:da:90:e8:be:ae:c7:87:5d:df:d1:88:c7: 1b:dc:d8:85:89:75:69:e9:a1:02:7b:94:4e:c4:b1: b5:28:c3:48:6b:be:3f:a5:a4:bc:8f:72:bb:28:2a: 23:bc:d7:f9:ce:df:5f:8f:ab:5a:fd:4c:ef:16:90: 68:39:51:d8:cb:c3:78:ae:58:27:96:2b:cb:cf:b4: 6b:a2:0c:13:cd:8d:79:4f:42:ae:47:8c:c3:af:82: 45:67:65:73:25:f8:89:2d:cd:4c:b7:6b:b5:84:fa: fd:0c:8d:b6:04:41:50:0d:a3:17:b4:da:b7:39:63: d6:61:87:5f:42:47:2e:3b:42:a6:b3:16:2e:66:70: 6e:49:8d:3d:74:08:b2:be:5a:a6:90:87:b5:a9:f5: 2d:0a:a0:d6:fe:d3:29:5f:9f:72:94:fb:d3:a6:3f: e5:a2:64:13:0b:2c:5f:80:cd:78:f3:1f:43:6f:2e: 63:3d:3e:08:47:ce:0a:4a:8a:e8:3e:f3:5a:ab:da: 0e:45 Exponent: 65537 (0x10001) X509v3 extensions: X509v3 Authority Key Identifier: keyid:C3:AB:A0:02:F0:9B:F5:66:7F:28:15:92:22:95:DB:B8:4E:D3:93:08 X509v3 Subject Key Identifier: 37:F8:27:7D:3A:EA:36:01:AF:DD:3A:80:46:EC:ED:C2:D7:A2:A8:38 X509v3 Key Usage: critical Digital Signature, Key Encipherment X509v3 Basic Constraints: critical CA:FALSE X509v3 Extended Key Usage: TLS Web Server Authentication, TLS Web Client Authentication X509v3 Certificate Policies: Policy: 22.214.171.124.4.1.64126.96.36.199.27 CPS: http://www.globessl.com/docs/GlobeSSL_CPS.pdf X509v3 CRL Distribution Points: Full Name: URI:http://crl.globessl.com/GlobeSSLDVCertificationAuthority.crl Authority Information Access: CA Issuers - URI:http://crt.globessl.com/GlobeSSLDVCertificationAuthority.crt OCSP - URI:http://ocsp.globessl.com X509v3 Subject Alternative Name: DNS:ibvpn.com, DNS:www.ibvpn.com Signature Algorithm: sha1WithRSAEncryption 53:ab:f8:27:68:90:d7:71:0e:95:3d:21:71:9d:80:26:5f:bb: af:8e:f8:b1:bb:0b:a7:df:d4:80:39:00:96:d3:8e:8a:26:b7: 65:c6:c0:c4:b9:6e:7b:f5:3f:28:f3:6a:5e:71:40:60:89:f3: ed:ae:c3:f4:7c:e9:c7:2f:b7:8e:ba:15:7f:48:3c:4c:02:3f: 1f:36:15:a4:b4:2d:64:18:0d:63:a7:bb:63:e2:d4:52:63:33: 03:42:dc:5c:28:65:d0:17:d3:d2:69:39:b8:66:32:b0:c7:2b: 3d:cb:f3:f9:51:37:bb:50:c6:2f:3d:e6:45:c2:72:8a:95:98: 14:6e:78:3b:61:23:7b:a8:f6:fe:6b:6d:a0:5e:95:a4:14:c6: b1:ba:a0:1a:0b:72:63:99:ee:fa:55:1f:f7:44:45:11:2d:d3: 4a:94:df:21:f0:70:df:6d:71:bb:82:e2:a0:4c:c9:6e:0a:75: a8:6a:14:98:10:d1:cd:01:58:56:26:37:0e:41:de:54:15:80: 68:92:e9:58:12:5f:cf:9b:36:c0:f9:28:a7:17:75:6f:ad:7c: 62:fe:18:d1:df:c0:12:95:6f:c8:d3:08:a9:5f:f3:d7:93:e8: 3a:a0:30:3c:72:4c:3f:e1:ac:ab:9e:3c:fa:90:37:55:6a:f4: 91:c3:9c:0a