SSL Certificate Chain Contains RSA Keys Less Than 2048 bits (PCI DSS)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 73459


The X.509 certificate chain used by this service contains certificates with RSA keys shorter than 2048 bits.


At least one of the X.509 certificates sent by the remote host has a key that is shorter than 2048 bits. According to industry standards set by the Certification Authority/Browser (CA/B) Forum, certificates issued after January 1, 2014 must be at least 2048 bits.

Some browser SSL implementations may reject keys less than 2048 bits after January 1, 2014. Additionally, some SSL certificate vendors may revoke certificates less than 2048 bits before January 1, 2014.

Note that Nessus will not flag root certificates with RSA keys less than 2048 bits if they were issued prior to December 31, 2010, as the standard considers them exempt.


Replace the certificate in the chain with the RSA key less than 2048 bits in length with a longer key, and reissue any certificates signed by the old certificate.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 73459

File Name: pci_dss_ssl_weak_rsa_keys_under_2048.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.1 $

Type: remote

Family: General

Published: 2014/04/10

Modified: 2014/04/10

Dependencies: 69551

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

Vulnerability Information

Required KB Items: SSL/Chain/WeakRSA_Under_2048, Settings/PCI_DSS