Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:34:28 +0300 From: Alexander Cherepanov <ch3root@...nwall.com> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: CVE for Kali Linux On 2015-03-22 20:23, Solar Designer wrote: > https does offer a security aspect that signatures don't: it hides from > some observers which exact software is being downloaded (and maybe that > it's a software download at all). It doesn't do that perfectly because > the target address and transfer timings and sizes may be revealing, but > I do acknowledge there's some subtle improvement over http here. I just > think this is far less important than ensuring authenticity of the > software. So let's demand signatures and signature verification first, > and let's not be distracted by http vs. https. There are some attacks even if you verify signatures, e.g. serving old, known-vulnerable versions. HTTPS can help here (until signatures start to be widely accompanied by expiring timestamps or something). -- Alexander Cherepanov
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