On Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 1:20 AM, Donald Stufft <donald@stufft.io> wrote:
As of right now, as far as I can tell, Python does not validate HTTPS certificates by default. As far as I can tell this is because there is no guaranteed certificates available.

So I would like to propose that CPython adopt the Mozilla SSL certificate list and include it in core, and switch over the API's so that they verify HTTPS by default. This is what most people are going to expect when using a https url (Especially after learning that Python 2.x doesn't verify TLS, but Python 3.x "does").

Ideally this would take the shape of attempting to locate the system certificate store if possible, and if that doesn't work falling back to the bundled certificates. That way the various Linux distros can easily have their copies of Python depend soley on their built in certs, but Windows, OSX, Source compiles etc will all still have a fallback value.

+1.  I bundle a copy of the Mozilla CA list with Tornado, but would love to access the system's CA roots and/or use a Python-provided copy.  I'd prefer to use the certificates from the operating system when possible, as that list is most likely to receive timely security updates (or be updated with a local corporate CA, for example).  It's better to aim for consistency with the user's browser than consistency of Python applications across different installations.

The data is analogous to the time zone database (PEP 431) in that it may need to be updated independently of Python's own release schedule, so we may want to use similar techniques to manage both.  Also see certifi (https://pypi.python.org/pypi/certifi), which is a copy of the Mozilla list in a pip-installable form.

-Ben
 

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