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Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2021 04:49:39 +0200
From: Axel Beckert <>
To: Thorsten Glaser <>
Subject: Re: bug in Lynx' SSL certificate validation -> leaks password in
 clear text via SNI (under some circumstances)

Hi Thorsten,

I'm dropping the lynx-specific recipients, i.e. lynx-dev and the bug

Thorsten Glaser wrote:
> Axel Beckert dixit:
> > This is more severe than it initially looked like: Due to TLS Server
> > Name Indication (SNI) the hostname as parsed by Lynx (i.e with
> > "user:pass@" included) is sent in _clear_ text over the wire even

Don't blame the messenger. ;-)

> Other browsers also need checking.

Good idea.

I just checked in Debian Unstable those tools I'd mostly expect with
such URLs and commandline usage:

* Axel (sic! :-) 2.17.10-2
* ELinks 0.13.2-1+b1
* LibWWW-Perl (aka LWP) 6.53-1 via /usr/bin/GET
* Links/Links2 2.21-1+b1
* Wget (1.21-1+b1)
* Wget2 (1.99.1-2.2)

I didn't find any such issue in any of these tools. All cases verified
via Wireshark's "follow TCP stream" against an Apache 2.4.48 (from
Debian Unstable as well).

But yeah, there are probably many more to check. But so far it looks
like a lynx-specific issue.

> Thanks for the detective work,

You're welcome. Thanks for stumbling over this issue and triggering my
digging. :-)

		Regards, Axel
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