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

From: ng0
Subject: bug#27437: Source downloader accepts X.509 certificate for incorrect domain
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:30:36 +0000

Leo Famulari transcribed 2.4K bytes:
> On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 11:33:31AM -0400, Mark H Weaver wrote:
> > address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:
> > > 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?
> > 
> > Yes, and I agree with this behavior.  However, it should be noted that
> > this will reduce the security of a bad practice that I suspect is
> > sometimes used by people when updating packages, namely to update the
> > version number, try building it, and then copy the hash from the error
> > message to the package.
> Yeah, that's a bad habit and I warn people against it whenever it comes
> up :/
> > FWIW, I always check digital signatures when they're available, and I
> > hope that others will as well, but in practice we are putting our faith
> > in a large number of contributors, some of whom might not be so careful.
> > 
> > Also, sadly, many packages are distributed without digital signatures at
> > all.  One glaring example is NSS.
> Do we have any contacts at Mozilla we can talk to about this? I imagine
> it's a long shot, with many bureaucratic hurdles, but it's worth asking
> for.

One way is their bugtracker. Does anyone of us have an Account at their

If it can't be discussed via bugzilla, there must be some mailinglist
for the nss development.
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