SSL HTTPS errors in mac safari and chrome and iTunes

my problems were in safari and chrome – firefox was fine. i also started having problems with iTunes issuing lots of security warnings – this caused it to be unusable.

DIAGNOSIS

https://appleid.apple.com
safari can’t load CSS
chrome also

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3941688?start=0&tstart=0
safari+chrome cna’t load CSS

https://www.paypal.com
safari – give SSL security warning
chrome – blocked err_cert_authority_invalid

https://twitter.com/

safari – NO PROBLEMS

chrome – blocked err_cert_authority_invalid

PATTERN

root for apple=verisign>verisign>apple
root for paypal = verisign>symantec>paypal

SOLUTION

delete the Verisign certificates in my Keychain Access app

  1. “Keychain Access” app –  on the left side, click on  “login” keychain. Right Click on “Verisign Class 3 Public Primary Certification Authority – G5” and click delete. I also deleted other Verisign keys here, but not sure it is necessary. You can also select and delete – you dont have to right click.
  2. close your browser, open it. enjoy. no need to manually reinstall the certificates

 

keychain-delete-verisign

problem is related to Apple Mavericks/ML Security Update 2015-004. see:

  1. http://security.stackexchange.com/questions/85830/why-is-symantec-verisign-ca-ap pearing-as-an-invalid-authority
  2. https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/SE3sKXg0iFQ
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