bugGNU Wget - Bugs: bug #40318, option to accept certificate even...


bug #40318: option to accept certificate even if hostname does not match

Submitted by:  Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb>
Submitted on:  Sun 20 Oct 2013 07:36:33 PM UTC  
Category: Feature RequestSeverity: 3 - Normal
Priority: 5 - NormalStatus: None
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: None
Originator Name: Open/Closed: Open
Release: trunkOperating System: GNU/Linux
Reproducibility: Every TimeFixed Release: None
Planned Release: NoneRegression: No
Work Required: NonePatch Included: No

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Sun 20 Oct 2013 07:36:33 PM UTC, original submission:

GNU wget should have an option to accept a certificate even if the hostname from the download server does not match the hostname of the certificate. This is a minor error. It can happen very often that a web page will become available under different domain names; download should still be possible with old certificate if a special option to wget is given. It is really ridiculous if downloading fails because of a test like this. As long as you do not have a trusted and signed DNS server it virtually provides no additional security to check for the hostname. Sometimes it is not possible to fake the hostname via /etc/hosts for the acceptance of an already installed certificate because the server may use CNAMEs. Simply not to check for the existance of any certificate via --no-check-certificate is not an option since it provides NO adequate security. There needs to be a --no-check-hostname option or even a --accept-host-as certificatehost fakedhost.

Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb>


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