Google To Use 2048-bit keys For SSL By Year's End

Google is about to upgrade its SSL strength to 2048 bits, doubling from its current 1024 bits, per a suspicion from NIST that the current standard might be broken soon.

The change will start with Google's root certificate for signing all of its SSL certificates to be updated in August. By year's end the process should be complete.

"There aren't immediate concerns about these certificates being cracked," a Google spokeperson told the Register, "but updating them now provides much better defense against any future risks."

According to the publication, "NIST estimates it would take six or seven years for any attempt to have a realistic chance of success at breaking 1,024-bit keys, based on the speed of processor development and improvements in factoring computation."