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Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:02:36 -0400
From: Donald Stufft <>
Subject: Re: rubygems insecure download (and other problems)

On Aug 14, 2013, at 4:59 PM, Kurt Seifried <> wrote:

> Signed PGP part
> I don't think this is CVE worthy, but it is worth fixing and not
> putting everyone at such risk:
> Problem #1:
> install /etc/gemrc to install gems via https rather than http
> everyone should be enabling HTTPS where possible, intercepting and
> modifying HTTP is trivial.
> Problem #2:
> it redirects to which is on cloudfront so
> has certificate mismatch, so either users have to accept insecurity,
> or... well there is no second choice =(.
> - -- 
> Kurt Seifried Red Hat Security Response Team (SRT)
> PGP: 0x5E267993 A90B F995 7350 148F 66BF 7554 160D 4553 5E26 7993

pip has a CVE for downloading via HTTP, does switching the
gem to HTTPS actually make gem verify it?

Donald Stufft
PGP: 0x6E3CBCE93372DCFA // 7C6B 7C5D 5E2B 6356 A926 F04F 6E3C BCE9 3372 DCFA

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