[Python-Dev] PEP 476: Enabling certificate validation by default!
mal at egenix.com
Mon Sep 8 10:09:26 CEST 2014
On 01.09.2014 10:09, Nick Coghlan wrote:
> On 1 September 2014 17:13, Christian Heimes <christian at python.org> wrote:
>> On 01.09.2014 08:44, Nick Coghlan wrote:
>>> Yes, it would have exactly the same security failure modes as
>>> sitecustomize, except it would only fire if the application
>>> imported the ssl module.
>>> The "-S" and "-I" switches would need to disable the implied
>>> "sslcustomize", just as they disable "import site".
>> A malicious package can already play havoc with your installation with
>> a custom ssl module. If somebody is able to sneak in a ssl.py then you
>> are screwed anyway. sslcustomize is not going to make the situation worse.
> That's not quite true - we're fairly careful about putting the
> standard library before userspace directories, so aside from the
> "current directory" problem, shadowing "ssl" itself can be tricky to
It's really easy to modify sys.modules to override any module
that has already been loaded or add new ones bypassing sys.path
entirely, so the sys.path layout doesn't provide any protection
against such hacks.
If you gain access to one of the dirs on sys.path, you can play
such tricks in sitecustomize.py. Any 3rd party package can do
We'd have to add digital API signatures to the ssl module to
prevent such stunts :-)
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