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bug#27437: Source downloader accepts X.509 certificate for incorrect dom

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#27437: Source downloader accepts X.509 certificate for incorrect domain
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:50:15 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.2 (gnu/linux)


Leo Famulari <address@hidden> skribis:

> While working on some package updates, I found that the source code
> downloader will accept an X.509 certificate for an incorrect site.
> Here is what happens:
> ------
> $ ./pre-inst-env guix build -S opus-tools --check
> @ build-started 
> /gnu/store/nn93hkik8kvrigcf2pvmym01zg7jqm4v-opus-tools-0.1.10.tar.gz.drv - 
> x86_64-linux 
> /var/log/guix/drvs/nn//93hkik8kvrigcf2pvmym01zg7jqm4v-opus-tools-0.1.10.tar.gz.drv.bz2
> Starting download of 
> /gnu/store/0js62s7pz9gfcdsd1n764w91mhhwkws4-opus-tools-0.1.10.tar.gz
> From https://downloads.xiph.org/releases/opus/opus-tools-0.1.10.tar.gz...
>  ….1.10.tar.gz  305KiB              822KiB/s 00:00 [####################] 
> 100.0%
> warning: rewriting hashes in 
> `/gnu/store/vdpyfqzp0kkjpxr79fq3an7j4s4vkz0h-opus-tools-0.1.10.tar.gz'; cross 
> fingers
> /gnu/store/vdpyfqzp0kkjpxr79fq3an7j4s4vkz0h-opus-tools-0.1.10.tar.gz
> ------
> Here is an example of what I think should happen in this case:
> ------
> $ curl https://downloads.xiph.org/releases/opus/opus-tools-0.1.10.tar.gz
> curl: (51) SSL: certificate subject name (osuosl.org) does not match target 
> host name 'downloads.xiph.org'
> ------


--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
$ guix download 

Starting download of /tmp/guix-file.vjPVRk
>From https://downloads.xiph.org/releases/opus/opus-tools-0.1.10.tar.gz...
ERROR: X.509 server certificate for 'downloads.xiph.org' does not match: 
C=US,postalCode=97331,ST=OR,L=Corvallis,street=Oregon State 
University,street=Kerr Admin Building,O=Oregon State University,OU=OSU 

failed to download "/tmp/guix-file.vjPVRk" from 
guix download: error:
https://downloads.xiph.org/releases/opus/opus-tools-0.1.10.tar.gz: download 
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

The behavior of the source download is on purpose as noted in (guix

                       ;; No need to validate certificates since we know the
                       ;; hash of the expected result.
                       #:verify-certificate? #f)))))

IOW, since we’re checking the integrity of the tarball anyway, and we
assume developers checked its authenticity when writing the recipe, then
who cares whether downloads.xiph.org has a valid certificate?

Conversely, ‘guix download’ always checks certificates by default.

Does it make sense?


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