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Re: [Savannah-users] Savannah's x.509 certificate fingerprints

From: Sylvain Beucler
Subject: Re: [Savannah-users] Savannah's x.509 certificate fingerprints
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 07:35:45 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 03:30:04AM +0000, Taylor R Campbell wrote:
>    Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 00:36:19 +0200
>    From: Sylvain Beucler <address@hidden>
>    Yes, the page had links to download outdated certificates from last
>    year (the fingerprints are up-to-date).
> Thanks!  I forgot to check the expiration dates on the certificates
> while I was examining them; that would have been a rather obvious
> tip-off.
>    I fixed the page and added instructions on how to display/check the
>    certificates using GnuTLS, and also how to extract the certificate out
>    of the running server.
> Excellent, this is very helpful.
> There are a few HTML errors in that page now (or were there before):
> . mismatched <h2>Certificates</h1> at the top;
> . superfluous </a> in the list of certificates, in the entry for
>   cvs.*;
> . doubled, unclosed heading: <h2>Check for yourself!<h2>;
> . non-escaped angled-brackets in the GnuPG output surrounding email
>   addresses -- `<address@hidden>' instead of `&lt;address@hidden&gt;' --
>   and in shell examples -- `certool -i <' instead
>   of `certool -i &lt;'; and
> . doubled, unclosed anchor: <a href="...certtool.html">doc<a>.
> I can fix all this and send a corrected page if you'd like.

Thanks, I fixed them (and a couple others with use of HTML Tidy).

> Also, I wonder whether it might be worth mentioning that if the pages
> are downloaded with `curl', the authenticity of the server can be
> implicitly checked simply by specifying `ca.crt' with the `--cacert'
> option; that is, after fetching `ca.crt', one can run `curl --cacert
> ca.crt -O'.  There may be a
> similar option for `wget', but I don't know.

You need to use https :) But well, I think people either already know
that or use Firefox/Konqueror/etc. to do so.

> Finally, it's a little confusing to have a file named
> `cvs.*', even though it works on Unix.  I suspect that it
> may not work on Windows, but I don't know for certain -- haven't
> touched a Windows machine in over a decade! --, and I don't know
> whether you folks care about that.  It can be mildly flummoxing to
> have to deal with escaping the asterisk in Unix shells, however.

I simplifies the script to have CN==filename :)

MS Woe users will probably be prompted with an edited filename before
saving it to disk.


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