Safari slow on SSL, but no expired certificates to remove

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by jollino, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Hi all,
    I've been experiencing an annoying problem with Safari 6 on OS X 10.8.2 on my Mac Mini 2012. Essentially, sites being served over SSL, in particular Facebook and (ironically) the Apple discussion forums, are sometimes — not always, which is even more annoying as it makes it hard to debug — slow as a comatose slug. This doesn't happen in any other browser.

    I looked around and the solution seems remove all expired certificates from the Keychain... however I have none that have already expired. The ones that will expire the soonest is my own iPhone distribution certificate issued by Apple, but that won't be until June 14th. Disabling DNS prefetching, as suggested by Apple on, doesn't seem to work, and I'm not even sure if it still applies to Safari 6.

    On Facebook one can effectively disable the "prefer SSL connection" option), which I did, as a workaround. While Facebook is the most obvious site that exhibits this issue (due to the continued background polling and bazillion images and elements, especially on the news feed), it actually randomly happens anywhere ssl is involved. Checking my bank balance this morning gave me an extra heart attack due to wait to know that I'm broke, for instance.

    So I was wondering: has this happened to anyone else, and how did you fix it?

  2. macrumors regular

    don't chrome and safari use the same certificate and key stores anyway?

    did you try with chrome or just firefox?

    that sounds funky, can you update safari?
  3. macrumors 6502


    They may use the same key stores, but Safari's the only one choking on ssl stuff and the only solution given on various forums is to remove expired certs— which I do not have.:(
  4. macrumors regular

    I'm assuming the date is setup properly on your mac then

    just try and delete the offending certs to see if that helps? I'm guessing Safari is up to date?

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