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

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Mon Sep 1 15:42:10 CEST 2014

On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 11:34 PM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:
> On Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:24:39 +1000
> Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 10:41 PM, Antoine Pitrou <antoine at python.org> wrote:
>> > Not sure why. Just put another module named "ssl" in sys.modules directly.
>> > You can also monkeypatch the genuine ssl module.
>> That has to be done inside the same process. But imagine this
>> scenario: You have a program that gets invoked as root (or some other
>> user than yourself), and you're trying to fiddle with what it sees.
>> You don't have root access, but you can manipulate the file system, to
>> the extent that your userid has access. What can you do to affect this
>> other program?
> If you're root you shouldn't run untrusted code. See
> https://docs.python.org/3/using/cmdline.html#cmdoption-I

Right, which is why sslcustomize has to be controlled by that, but the
possibility of patching (or monkeypatching) ssl.py isn't as big a


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