In all my Googling, I found one version of FireFox that allowed it temporarily a long time ago, it has been discussed on the Chromium development forums for years, but yet, as of today, there is still no way for an end user to view and/or manipulate SSL information via an extension, add-on, or browser plugin.
Are SSL Certificates not an essential part of the web browsing experience? What is the justification for excluding them from browser extensions?
Aren't there many users who would like and appreciate the extra information plugins could provide while browsing SSL sites?
With SSL access, plugins could:
- Compare certificates based on different parts of the world
- Pin their own untrusted certificates for themselves
- Build their own trust networks
- Pin public SSL certs when entering regions of the world where dictatorship regimes that support censorship and spying are likely to forge big name certificates.
- Collect specific data about different certificate authorities that would be valuable to the web community at large.
- Get alerts when certain certificates match certain criteria.
Why is it, in 2021, there are no modern web browsers that allow you to view the SSL information of the site you are currently browsing?
Is this a case of browser makers being unwilling to fight against the entrenched system of Trusted Certificate Authorities which simply has more money (or political clout) backing it?
Isn't this a major hold-back technologically?
Since there are two major open source browsers (Chromium and Firefox), why has the community collectively decided not to add this functionality?
Any other reasons you can think of?