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    Problem with the built-in web browser and secure connection (https) pages

    Hello.
    Since January 6 2014, I can't use the sites beginning with "https" except Facebook's mobile page.
    2 examples are https://www.kotsovolos.gr/site/login.jsp where I get the error message "Web: Unable to creat a secure connection to this server" and https://www.sendspace.com/ where I get "Web: Unable to perform operation".
    I have read the related threads here but I don't know if the sollution is the same.
    All these sites as I learned from others work normally on the iphone and Android devices.
    I'M totally blind and don't wanna buy a mainstream smartphone because I don't like the touch screen.
    Please tell me which is the problem and how to fix it!

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    Re: Problem with the built-in web browser and secure connection (https) pages

    Hi, assuming that you ask about the Nokia E52 (at least that was you asking about in http://developer.nokia.com/community...-xx-mager-bugs last year), the situation for this device model has not improved. Not only it became a one year older model, but during the past 11 months, Microsoft bought Nokia. Given that Nokia has ramped down Symbian already, plus Microsoft is pushing their own Windows Phone system anyway, there is practically zero chance to get a firmware update or any kind of official fix.
    I can imagine 3rd-party solutions only. Have you ever tried the Opera browser? It had Symbian versions too, ftp://ftp.opera.com/pub/opera/series60/3.x/ may contain versions compatible with the E52. If it uses its own encryption library, it may work better than the built-in browser. It compatibility with TALKS is an other question.
    An other 3rd-party approach could be using a proxy server showing properly secured communication towards the Web, but providing some fallback-level encryption to the phone. Such proxy server code might exist already, or at least it may be possible to create. Then it could run on a trusted PC with Internet connection, so your phone could reach it from anywhere. The concept of a proxy server is described here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxy_server, and there are many open source implementations. The tricky part is the encryption. The phone itself seems to support using a proxy, it can be set in the Advanced settings, when configuring an Access point (in the Settings application, not the browser).

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    Re: Problem with the built-in web browser and secure connection (https) pages

    Now I'M using N86, but E52 also displays similar messages.
    Unfortunately Opera is not compatible with Talks, so I can't try it.
    Can you please give me a proxy server address to put under that setting for trying?

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    Re: Problem with the built-in web browser and secure connection (https) pages

    I may have been misleading: I just think that it is possible to create such specialized proxy server, but I am not aware of an existing implementation.

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    Re: Problem with the built-in web browser and secure connection (https) pages

    Do new Windows phones use a proxy server for https? If yes you can tell me this to try.
    Does this apply also to iphone and Android phones?
    How however is it possible some https sites like Facebook's mobile page and links from Google drive to still work normally?
    Last edited by AgentGolder; 2014-08-18 at 10:02.

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    Re: Problem with the built-in web browser and secure connection (https) pages

    It is a twofold thing. Current devices use more recent implementation of the encryption libraries, especially if they still get firmware updates (according to Wikipedia, the Nokia N86 has its latest firmware from more than 4 years ago). Also, it is up to the service providers to maintain compatibility with newer/older devices, Facebook apparently puts effort into this.

    And two developer-side aspects: the implementation on Symbian side may not be complete from the beginning. When I worked on an XMPP implementation (kind of a chat protocol, Google Talk uses it for exmple) 6 years ago, it was not possible to establish a secure connection to a JabberD server, because something went wrong with the cryptography part. An other thing is the Heartbleed bug from early this year, http://heartbleed.com/. When service providers fixed this issue, they may have started using implementation variants which are not compatible with the Symbian version from 4 years ago.

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    Re: Problem with the built-in web browser and secure connection (https) pages

    According to http://gigaom.com/2013/01/10/nokia-y...orry-about-it/, Nokia decripts the information from https sites for Symbiann S40. May be is applied for S60 devices to.
    I remind you that I found this after January 6th, 2014 on all phones, (may be exist since the 1st once the support for Symbian has ended...) Before it was working normally.
    I tried some free public proxy servers by changing that setting but the problem remains!
    Can you please tell me where is that server address Nokia uses to decript the https data inserted, (probably in a file) to try removing it or changing it to something els?

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