[Python-Dev] Enable Hostname and Certificate Chain Validation

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Wed Jan 22 15:18:14 CET 2014

On Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:13:00 +0100
Christian Heimes <christian at python.org> wrote:
> On 22.01.2014 13:43, Jesse Noller wrote:
> > I have to concur with Donald here - in the case of security, especially language security which directly impacts the implicit security of downstream applications, I should not have to opt in to the most secure defaults.
> > 
> > Yes; this potentially breaks applications relying on insecure / loose defaults. However it changes the model to "you are by default, explicitly secure" then relying on the domain knowledge of an application developer to harden their application.
> > 
> > When, if this changes, an application breaks, it will be in a plainly obvious way which can quickly be resolved.
> > 
> > Donald is perfectly right: today, it's trivial to MITM an application that relies off of the current behavior; this is bad news bears for users and developers as it means they need domain knowledge to secure their applications by default they may not have.
> For 3.5 I'd like to work on a policy framework for the ssl where
> application can define policies like SSL/TLS version, cert store,
> verification modes etc. etc.

Isn't that called a SSLContext?

More information about the Python-Dev mailing list