In a previous post I promised that I would check out some of the solutions that promise a safer and thus better web.
This is part two, Convergence.
How does it work?
Convergence replaces the certificate authorities (CA) used traditionally in SSL by an independent distributed authorities, called notaries.
It totally ignores the CA that issued a sites certificate and instead checks the certificate over all activated notaries. These can be added, removed or disabled on personal preference; so you don't have to trust a bunch of faceless corporations which are each a SPOF in the whole concept(!), but can instead trust a number of notaries working together.
This can be one of your own servers in your LAN (providing no MITM security towards the internet), another one of your servers reachable over the internet, and the server of people or organizations you may or may not trust all over the world.
Than you can decide if it is enough for you if only one notary validates the requested certificate - bad idea, perhaps even a little worse than the CA system. However, the default is to gain a majority validation. This means every active notary will be checked and ...