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Re: Replacing apt's http method (dropping curl)




On Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 2:00 AM, Julian Andres Klode <jak@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>
> as we discussed before in IRC, we plan to eventually replace
> our existing curl-based https method with our http method,
> by adding TLS support to it. This will move HTTPS support
> into apt proper, removing the apt-transport-https package.
>
> I'm not sure how long this will take, I hope we get something
> useful next month.
>

Great stuff!

>
> Implementation
> ==============
> I so far implemented basic https support using GnuTLS, including
> SNI and certificate validation, and one (!) local CA file (as our
> tests need that). The code is incredibly hacky right now. And
> https->http redirects don't work yet.
>

I think this shouldn't work (at least by default). If https->http
happens silently (not dying with an error or requiring a force
option), that would make degradation happen while users think they are
using HTTPS properly.

Regards,
Aron