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Re: Opportunistic STARTTLS in smtpmail.el

From: Ted Zlatanov
Subject: Re: Opportunistic STARTTLS in smtpmail.el
Date: Mon, 02 May 2011 13:52:20 -0500
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On Mon, 02 May 2011 00:19:18 +0200 Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen <address@hidden> 

LMI> Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen <address@hidden> writes:
>> Hm...  perhaps I should convert smtpmail.el to use opportunistic
>> STARTTLS while I'm at it. 

LMI> Oh, now I remember why I didn't do the smtpmail.el `open-network-stream'
LMI> conversion the last time.

LMI> smtpmail.el provides an option to pass TLS credentials to the server via
LMI> switches like 

LMI> "--x509keyfile" "--x509certfile"

LMI> to gnutlc-cli.  `open-network-stream' has no concept of these things,
LMI> and I'm not sure gnutls.c has, either.  Ted?

Yes, definitely, with the :keyfiles and :trustfiles parameters to
`gnutls-boot'.  But I haven't tested that much (the functionality is on
the GnuTLS side in any case).  So you'd need some dynamically-scoped
global variables like `gnutls-keyfiles' and `gnutls-trustfiles' to hold
these, so they can be overridden as needed.

LMI> If gnutls.c has, I can extend `open-network-stream' to take keywords for
LMI> the keyfile and the certfile, if that is the way we want to go.  Or
LMI> perhaps add a global variable like `smtpmail-starttls-credentials',

LMI> ;;(setq smtpmail-starttls-credentials
LMI> ;;      '(("YOUR SMTP HOST" 25 "~/.my_smtp_tls.key" 

LMI> but call it `network-tls-credentials', and have `open-network-stream'
LMI> deal with this stuff itself -- if it's doing a STARTTLS or a TLS
LMI> connection, is can consult the `network-tls-credential' variable, see if
LMI> it finds a match, and then feed the required data to
LMI> starttls.el/tls.el/gnutls.c.  (*Phew*.)

This is all nasty, nasty for the user.  The whole
`smtpmail-starttls-credentials' structure can be replaced with
`auth-source-search' calls for all possible use cases.  The user can
say, for instance:

machine mysmtpserver.com login tzz password mypassword keyfile "~/.keyfile"

LMI> But I'm wondering -- does anybody use this credential stuff for talking
LMI> to their SMTP servers?

LMI> I'd rather just delete `smtpmail-starttls-credentials' and pretend that
LMI> I've never heard about it.

Credentials are useful.  Move them to auth-source.


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