cabal-install: Replacing HTTP with HTTPS

Johan Tibell johan.tibell at
Thu Apr 3 08:55:43 UTC 2014

On Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 12:02 AM, Nikita Karetnikov <nikita at>wrote:

> > The big question we have to answer first is, how do we want to support
> SSL?
> > Do we want to use an existing, well-tested, well scrutinized SSL
> > implementation and FFI bind to it? If so, which one and why? If not, are
> we
> > comfortable enough with writing a correct SSL implementation? That's very
> > hard.
> Why write your own?  We could try to come up with a list of
> requirements, so every HTTPS library on Hackage could be evaluated.  Is
> anyone knowledgeable of cabal-install interested in composing such a
> list?

"Write our own" as in "use a pure Haskell implementation of SSL from
Hackage". This has been suggested when this question came up in the past
and I'm skeptical to that from a security perspective.
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