Because of the BEAST exploit it seems everyone is saying you should stop using AES and instead use RC4.
I am wondering if it wouldn't be better to continue using AES instead for the following reasons:
- RC4, which is what everyone is recommending seems to me to be more vulnerable than AES. It is what is used in WEP. Is the implementation used by browsers more secure?
I looked at the link in Jeff's answer. To make this exploit work the attacker must be able to make the client communicate with the site for which it wants to decrypt the traffic. SOP should stop this from happening. An XSS vulnerability on the site or a vulnerability in a browser plugin (such as Java, Flash, Silverlight) can be used to bypass the SOP limitation. In the paper they use a vulnerability in Java to do this.
In summary: SOP should protect you against this, but may not. If you have an XSS vulnerability in your site then this is the least of your problems.
Thomas' answer applies here: What ciphers should I use in my web server after I configure my SSL certificate?