[issue1589] New SSL module doesn't seem to verify hostname against commonName in certificate
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Wed Oct 6 20:32:51 CEST 2010
Mads Kiilerich <mads at kiilerich.com> added the comment:
I'm sorry to make the discussion longer ...
>From a Python user/programmers point of view it would be nice if http://docs.python.org/library/ssl.html also clarified what "validation" means (apparently that the cert chain all the way from one of ca_certs is valid and with valid dates, except that CRLs not are checked?). It could perhaps be mentioned next to the ca_certs description. It would also be nice to see an example with subjectAltName, both with DNS and IP entries.
Has it been tested that the way Python uses OpenSSL really checks both notBefore and notAfter?
Some comments to the patch. Some of them are just thoughts that can be ignored, but I think some of them are relevant.
AFAICS * shouldn't match the empty string. I would expect "fail(cert, '.a.com')".
I would prefer to fail to the safe side and only allow a left-most wildcard and thus not allow multiple or f* wildcards, just like draft-saintandre-tls-server-id-check-09 suggests.
I would prefer to not use re for such an important task where clarity and correctness is so important. If we only allow left-most wildcards it shouldn't be necessary.
I don't understand "IP addresses are not accepted for hostname". I assume that if commonName specifies an IP address then a hostname with this address is valid. So isn't it more that "subjectAltName iPAddress isn't supported"? But wouldn't it be better and simpler to simply support iPAddress - either as the only check iff hostname "looks" like an IP address, alternatively in all cases check against both DNS and IP entries?
"dnsnames" doesn't say much about what it is. Perhaps "unmatched"?
"if san: ... else: ..." would perhaps be a bit clearer.
"doesn't match with either of (%s)" ... isn't the paranthesis around the list elements too pythonic for a message intended for end users?
Separate error messages for subjectAltName and commonName could be helpful.
I assume it should be "no appropriate _commonName_" to match "subjectAltName".
cert for example.com is defined twice.
How about unicode and/or IDN hostnames?
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