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@debian Ouch. I wondered why Debian wasn't using HTTPS. Any plans to do so now, in the light of this vulnerability?
@wizzwizz4 Debian already supports https. But TLS certificates depends on CAs, and most on them aren't trustworthy. Unless you use DANE/HPKP, don't expect https to *prevent* MITM attacks.
@devnull Fair point. However, loads of CAs are trusted by default for _everything else_, and it's better to pile on extra layers so an attacker will need to break _all_ of them.
1. Let's Encrypt.
2. It helps to prevent attackers from easily utilising a vulnerability in one layer of mitigation.
Yeah, it's not perfect. But yes, it's better than nothing. HTTPS + DANE is better than HTTPS + CAs, but HTTPS + DANE + CAs is even better. And @debian doesn't have DANE yet, anyway!
@wizzwizz4 Lits encrypt won't prevent CAs from doing harm for profit.
No, HTTPS + DANE + CA doesn't isn't better than.HTTP + DANE. CAs add nothing and have the ability to forge rogue certificates, unless HPKP (1) is used. And DANE can make self-signed certificate trusted without third parties.
The real problem is that clients doesn't support DANE natively, Firefox user to support it via an addon. And most servers' admins don't use it
1. Some clients dont support HPKP.
@devnull Ok, CAs don't make a DANE system stronger, but they do make a system with clients that don't support DANE stronger.
However, we're not talking about a system that doesn't support DANE. We're talking about a case where @debian controls the protocols that both ends speak. The code can be made to do nearly anything!
@wizzwizz4 Debian already supports https for apt. So HTTPS support is not an issue. But it would be better if both apt and debian repos use DANE with self-signed certificate mode and/or HPKP. If I recall correctly, https://debian.org support already DANE. I can't test anymore since Firefox 57 broke the compatibility with DNSEC/TSLA Validator plugin.
(And GPG signing is better that HTTPS, especially if HTTPS were used to "protect" non-signed packages)
@wizzwizz4 CAs don't certify that websites are trustworthy, or that admins are who they claim to be. CAs aren't a criteria to decide whether we should trust a server or not. Trust level should never depend on whether a server uses a self-signed certificate or a CA-signed ones.
All CAs do is to make all certificates they sign trusted by clients that trust the signing CA. That doesn't mean they add extra security to HTTPS.
@devnull CAs are simply a method for sites to authenticate themselves – and a weak method at that. You're right in saying that CAs offer no advantage when DANE is around.
Oh, I see what you're saying. Debian is the CA, and bundles its own signature with Debian? Ehh… not sure how much security nuts would appreciate that. I certainly wouldn't appreciate the software distributor having the technical means to transparently intercept all of my traffic. But it's certainly a possible solution.
@wizzwizz4 > It doesn't promise that the certificate is actually Debian's certificate
CAs don't, they deliver forged certs to malicious third parties, either for profit (see what micro$oft did with ie certificates in Tunisia (and NOT only in Tunisia) years ago, with the help from malicious CA, to help the government to spy on people), or by mistake (even Let's Encrypt has been abused)
HPKP does, a certificate can't be valid if it hasn't been signed by the pinned keys.
@wizzwizz4 > I certainly wouldn't appreciate the software distributor having the technical means to transparently intercept all of my traffic.
Not all traffic… just apt using a Debian CA, so it won't have to trust another CA/third party (The less entities you need to trust, the better. Less likely to be screwed over) . They wouldn't need to be a CA if they wanted to intercept your traffic, as you run code written by Debian, and third party software build and packaged ba Debian…
@wizzwizz4 Debian even disabled SSLKEYLOGFILE variable on non-dev Firefox builds (current and ESR) "for security" while it's non really a security code. There's more easier and effective/permanent attacks, than
- using an HTTPS debug option
- which requires physical access, and launching firefox from the same shell as the one where SSLKEYLOGFILE
- is temporary
Debian won't be interested in spying on users. It's not google/micro$oft/facebook/****
@RussSharek Yeah, but if you don't, don't use Debian or any derivative, or any derivative of derivative… and so on. So you wouldn't by concerned about that all.
If you use Debian, then by definition you do trust Debian, unless you're drunk or high when you install anld use your OS(es) (or really stupid)
@RussSharek Indeed. Just like any other OS (or even other software like clients for proprietary communication protocols with their own CA stores, firewall bypassing mechanisms (see skype)…). So being a CA for it's own repos is far less risky than many commonly accepted practices (For example using "apps" for centralized and proprietary online services, where the service provide controls the client code as well. Or using google and gmail and try to block web trackers "for privacy")
@wizzwizz4 Not the same goal. DANE have a mode to verify sefl-signed certificate which makes CA obsoletes. If Debian is it's own CA, DANE wouldn't be necessary but it's a plus, as DANE can be used with a CA as well.
HPKP is to say "The certificate is only if it has been signed the this/these key(s)".
Let's say Debian has a CA for apt, If your goal is to check if apt repos cert have been signed by debian's CA and not by a malicious CA, checking the signing key is a good option.
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