SSL not required for setup.exe download

Achim Gratz
Tue Mar 12 19:21:00 GMT 2019

Archie Cobbs writes:
> Downloading the sig file over HTTP is useless... any attacker going to
> the trouble to launch a MITM attack for setup.exe will certainly also
> do it for the sig file as well.

No, the signature would be rejected if you cared to actually check the
key and signature (truly checking the key mandates a separate
information channel that hopefully is not under the control of the
attacker).  Now, if you are postulating an attacker that can sign with
the correct key, then there wouldn't be no need for a cleartext MitM
attack in the first place.

> OTOH, if you download the file over HTTPS..  then your client supports
> SSL. Which is exactly what I'm saying should be mandatory.

Well, everyone so far agreed with you that TLS is preferrable (although
it isn't nearly as foolproof as you seem to believe).  But you don't
seem to grasp that not everyone can use it every time and that the
fallback is actually better than the DoS that would result for folks
that are cut off from doing (proper) HTTPS.

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