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Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:12:48 +0200
From: Ludwig Nussel <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: epiphany not checking ssl certs

Tomas Hoger wrote:
> On Fri, 17 Sep 2010 14:19:03 +0200 Hanno Böck wrote:
> >
> >
> > 
> > Did this get a CVE yet?
> Any specific reason to only give CVE to epiphany if you want to start
> giving CVEs for this kind of flaw?  IIRC, not long ago, no
> WebKitGtk-based browser I tried verified server SSL certificates and
> all connected without any complaint or indication that SSL certificate
> was not verified.  None seemed to offer any configuration option to
> enable certificate checking.  I guess there may be / was some
> limitations on WebKitGtk side that can explain this.

Looking at what we have on our Distros I found three different kinds
of behavior:
1) epiphany 1.8.5 with mozilla engine raises a popup window if the
   certificate cant't be verified. The status bar displays a broken
   lock icon if one chooses to continue anyways.
2) epiphany 2.28 changes address bar color, displays a lock icon and
   connects just fine even if it can't verify certificates. The code
   simply uses a strcmp for 'https' as trigger.
3) epiphany 2.30 shows the broken lock icon as described in the
   debian bug report

While the modest security indicators of 3) are probably not the most
smartest way to tell the user about a potential problem the real
danger is 2). That version of epiphany really is broken. If a
program doesn't implement the necessary checks it should at the very
least not display common https security indicators either.


 (o_   Ludwig Nussel
SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, GF: Markus Rex, HRB 16746 (AG Nuernberg)

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