[Python-Dev] PEP 476: Enabling certificate validation by default!

R. David Murray rdmurray at bitdance.com
Sat Aug 30 15:32:32 CEST 2014

On Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:03:57 +0200, "M.-A. Lemburg" <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
> On 30.08.2014 12:55, Antoine Pitrou wrote:
> > On Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:46:47 +0200
> > "M.-A. Lemburg" <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
> >>> That use case should be served with the SSL_CERT_DIR and SSL_CERT_FILE
> >>> env vars (or, better, by specific settings *inside* the application).
> >>>
> >>> I'm against multiplying environment variables, as it makes it more
> >>> difficult to assess the actual security of a setting. The danger of an
> >>> ill-secure setting is much more severe than with hash randomization.
> >>
> >> You have a point there. So how about just a python run-time switch
> >> and no env var ?
> > 
> > Well, why not, but does it have a value over letting the code properly
> > configure their SSLContext?
> Yes, because when Python changes the default to be validating
> and more secure, application developers will do the same as
> they do now: simply use the defaults ;-)

But neither of those addresses the articulated use case: someone *using*
a program implemented in python that does not itself provide a way to
disable the new default security (because it is *new*).  Only an
environment variable will do that.

Since the environment variable is opt-in, I think the "consenting
adults" argument applies to Alex's demure about "multiple connections".
It could still emit the warnings.


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