For every Stackexchange and Stackexchange meta site I have tested, HTTPS works as expected.

The exception is this site. When attempting to access this site via HTTPS (https://ux.meta.stackexchange.com/) Firefox delivers this error:

Your connection is not secure

The owner of meta.ux.stackexchange.com has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website.

Can someone fix it please?

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This is a known issue, which is planned to be fixed in late October of some unspecified year, per Adam's explanation:

you can't have a wildcard in the middle of a cert, so meta.*.stackexchange.com could never be a thing and we're not about to start registering/maintaining 100+ certs.

So. We're working on moving meta sites to a different URL scheme (*.meta.stackexchange.com) to get around this. It's a move that was planned earlier, but was held back by universal login... which is now functionally complete. Unfortunately, there's a bunch of other stuff going on at the same time, so this switch is unlikely to happen until late October.

In the meantime, I suggest not using HTTPS on meta sites since it's technically unsupported anyway.

  • Thanks sandwich (or sushi, as the case may be). Is that the same bug as I'm reporting? What's interesting is that all the other meta sites I tested work fine. May 21, 2016 at 21:48
  • Thanks sandwich. I hope they get it working. I'm used to only linking to HTTPS URLs. May 21, 2016 at 22:11
  • @RockPaperLizard Which metas did you test? All child metas of the form meta.*.stackexchange.com should be broken the same way. meta.stackexchange.com will be fine, as will any metas on their own custom domains (MSO, Super User meta, etc.). This is a known issue, with a fix planned, but currently not specific timeline for a fix.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    May 22, 2016 at 4:46
  • @Adam Missed it by that much. So sorry, the system on which I performed the ad hoc testing was repurposed just over an hour ago. The great news is that you know about this issue and have a plan to fix it. We look forward to your success with that plan. I've read your post regarding the issue, and it makes good sense... as does your solution. :-) May 22, 2016 at 5:47

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