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[bug-diffutils] bug#56468: [gnu.org #1853606] Re: bug#56468: www.gnu.org

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: [bug-diffutils] bug#56468: [gnu.org #1853606] Re: bug#56468: www.gnu.org doesn't change http: to https:
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 16:04:22 -0700
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On 7/28/22 15:16, Ian Kelling via RT wrote:

If you
can figure out a good test on the user agent string, please
let us know.

Another possibility is to have the HTTP page load a script from HTTPS, and if that loads and runs correctly, have the script redirect to HTTPS. Or the script could do a more-elaborate test, such as checking whether the browser supports SNI. This should work for the use case prompting the bug report (a casual user on a modern browser), while not affecting ancient browsers, curl, etc. And it'd mean you wouldn't need to worry about maintaining a test based on user agent strings.

There's a 10-year-old serverfault post about doing this with SNI, here:


If you don't like the idea of a script, that post also talks about whitelisting user agents known to support SNI, whicch is more the sort of thing you're asking for.

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