Opened 14 years ago

Last modified 13 years ago

#139 new defect

Jabber does not verify the server’s SSL certificate

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Component: jabber Keywords:


XML::Stream creates all SSL connections with SSL_verify_mode=>0x00, so it never verifies the server’s SSL certificate, and any attacker can MITM the connection.

I also reported this to XML::Stream upstream, though we could patch BarnOwl’s embedded copy of XML::Stream if necessary.

Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 14 years ago by

XML::Stream upstream replies:


Sorry for taking so long to get back to you.

Yes, indeed this is a problem and I will fix it immediately. I'll let you know when a fix has been committed to trunk.

comment:2 Changed 13 years ago by

It appears upstream has added a fix now. I gather we need to pass a directory with root CAs to take advantage of this?

comment:3 Changed 13 years ago by

This is fixed in the development versions (XML::Stream 1.23_02, Net::XMPP 1.02_1).

Annoyingly, because OpenSSL is stupid, we’ll need to figure out an ssl_ca_path to pass in. The right value is

  • Debian: /etc/ssl/certs or /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt (/usr/lib/ssl is a symlink to /etc/ssl)
  • Fedora: /etc/pki/tls/certs or /etc/pki/tls/certs/ca-bundle.crt on Fedora
  • Other: who knows

There might be a generic way of finding the right directory from the OpenSSL library, but it sucks (see SSLeay_version(3)):

#include <openssl/crypto.h>

returns the string ‘OPENSSLDIR: "/usr/lib/ssl"’ or ‘OPENSSLDIR: "/etc/pki/tls"’. This does not appear to be exported via any existing Perl bindings.

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