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Re: slrn SSL with gnutls

Andrew McDonald wrote:
> I've just written the start of a small shim layer between OpenSSL
> function calls and GNUTLS, allowing an application written to use
> OpenSSL to use GNUTLS instead.

This is excellent news. I'm ccing Debian as a whole, since there is
bound to be interest.

Who is gonna package this, guys?

> The files can be found at:
> <http://www.mcdonald.org.uk/andrew/gnutls/>
> (and are also attached to this e-mail)
> At the moment it only implements the functions used by slrn, and the
> handling of errors from the SSL layer isn't fully implemented, but it
> works for me. (NB: requires gnutls 0.4.3 which isn't in Debian unstable
> yet).
> To build slrn:
> - modify src/sltcp.c to #include gnutls-openssl.h and gnutls-openssl.c
> instead of the openssl includes
> - link against gnutls libraries rather than openssl
> (Note, you can't connect to secnews.netscape.com since they only
> support export ciphersuites, which are not implemented in gnutls).

I'm not sure how big a deal this is, but this still sounds terriffic and
I'm looking forward to being able to make a SSL enabled slrn available
to debian.

> NOTE: The slrn SSL support doesn't seem to do any certificate checks,
> which means you don't know (with cryptographic certainty) who you are
> connecting to, so there could be a man-in-the-middle.

see shy jo

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