[Haskell-cafe] [Security] Put haskell.org on https

Patrick Mylund Nielsen haskell at patrickmylund.com
Mon Oct 29 00:45:44 CET 2012

PGP tends to present many usability issues, and in this case it would make
more sense/provide a clearer win if there were many different,
semi-untrusted hackage mirrors. Just enable HTTPS and have Cabal validate
the server certificate against a CA pool of one. PKI/trusting obscure
certificate authorities in Egypt and Syria is the biggest concern here, not
somebody MITMing your initial Cabal installation (which in a lot of cases
happens through apt-get or yum, anyway.)

On Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 12:34 AM, Changaco <changaco at changaco.net> wrote:

> On Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:07:24 -0400 Patrick Hurst wrote:
> > How do you get a copy of cabal while making sure that somebody hasn't
> MITMed you and replaced the PGP key?
> Ultimately it is a DNS problem. To establish a secure connection with
> haskell.org you'd have to get the certificate from the DNS, but that
> technology is not ready yet, so all you can do is check the key against
> as many sources as possible like Michael Walker said.
> On Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:46:06 -0400 Patrick Hurst wrote:
> > So why not use HTTPS?
> Because it doesn't solve the problem.
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