What devices "tecno" will stop working and how to avoid it

This Thursday, September 30, there will be a worldwide internet blackout and some devices will be out of service. Know what they are

This Thursday, September 30, there will be a particular phenomenon known as the internet blackout. The event will happen due to the expiration of an authentication certificate necessary to validate the connection of a device with the base server. Therefore, those devices that cannot update this driver will no longer have the internet.

This is a security change in Internet services that will cause a “blackout” for a large number of electronic devices. In this way, cell phones, video game consoles, Smart TVs and computers will no longer have a web connection.

All devices that make a connection to a web server must perform a series of security validation processes, which are automatic and instantaneous. At the end of these processes, the focus of this problem appears: root certificates.

In this context, one of the main certificates in the world, the IdentTrust DST Root CA X3, will expire and all those devices with an internet connection that work under endorsement will stop working.

One of the main certificates in the world, the IdentTrust DST Root CA X3, will expire and the computers will no longer function

Which devices will be affected by the “blackout”

All devices with that root certificate will lose their connectivity. For this reason, it is advisable to find out what computers in the home have it. Some computers that could stop working with the internet are:

Apple: computers with macOS 10.12.0 and earlier and iPhones or iPads with iOS 9 and earlier.

Android: 2.3.6 Gingerbread and earlier.

Windows XP: Service Pack 2 and earlier.

PlayStation 3:(PS3) with firmware version 5.00 and earlier.


There is only one solution: update device drivers

How to prevent devices from stopping working

The solution is only one: update device drivers. The most modern ones will have no problem as companies are releasing constant updates for their latest products.

However, in many cases companies consider their older products obsolete and do not perform software maintenance, so updating the root certificate will be difficult or impossible. It is estimated that 30% of Android cell phones could be out of service.

The PS3, for example, have firmware that goes up to version 4.88. Although Sony released an update in June of this year, they did not specify if the root certificate was renewed.

In general, products manufactured after 2017 will not be affected since most of them have the ISGR Root X1, whose expiration date is June 2035.

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