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

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Sun Aug 31 20:28:58 CEST 2014

On 31 August 2014 18:29, Antoine Pitrou <antoine at python.org> wrote:
> If an application has special needs that require trusting a self-signed
> certificate, then it should expose a configuration setting to let users
> specify the cert's location.

I can't see how that would be something the application would know.
For example, pip allows me to specify an "alternate cert bundle" but
not a single additional cert. So IIUC, I can't use my local index that
serves https using a self-signed cert. I'd find it hard to argue that
it's pip's responsibility to think of that use case - pretty much any
program that interacts with a web service *might* need to interact
with a self-signed dummy version, if only under test conditions.

Or did you mean that Python should provide such a setting that would
cover all applications written in Python?


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