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From Jacob Champion <>
Subject Re: SSL and Usability and Safety
Date Tue, 02 May 2017 22:48:34 GMT
On 05/02/2017 02:10 PM, Eric Covener wrote:
> I think to be useful, reasonable SSL defaults have to be subject to
> change in maintenance (and over-rideable)

So... this got me thinking. If we put this new "stuff" (whatever it 
turns out to be) into a new directive,

- part of its operation gets tied to source code that's hidden from the 
end user
- we'll probably have to duplicate some SSL directive logic in the module
- we have to figure out the merge/conflict scenarios, which -- while 
definitely worthwhile in the long term -- feels likely to add complexity 
to the short-term discussion

If all of the settings that are part of this new directive can be 
described in terms of other already-existing directives, could we 
implement it as a server-owned Macro?

- their implementation is public and auditable by anyone who understands 
the config syntax
- they can be easily patched for vulnerabilities without recompiling 
- merge/conflict resolution will follow the individual directives' 
current merge logic (whatever that happens to be)

We could reserve a macro prefix (or symbol) for the server and its 
modules so that we don't step on anyone with future expansion. Then it's 
just a matter of

     Include macros/ssl.conf

     Use !SslIntermediateSecuritySettings

We'd have to be very explicit that the macro definitions belong to the 
server distribution, and installing a newer (or older) version of the 
server would overwrite whatever changes you'd made to those macro files.



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