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There is an attack vector called rainbow tables attack. In it the attacker cross references the md5 sum against a database of known md5 hashes. You don't need to run brute force always. I believe that this file was populated using this technique.


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This is an awesome idea - to manually trace through the cert validation process! I've enjoyed reading through your steps, since I've never actually done it myself! Answering your questions: First question: Is this the correct way of obtaining the certificate the *.wikipedia.org certificate was signed with? After all, how can I be sure ẁikipedia.org didn'...


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Windows 7 doesn't support SHA256 signatures by default. You need to apply this update, in order to get the desired functionality.



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