[PATCH] Mail: send starttls flag value to auth script

Michael Kliewe info at phpgangsta.de
Tue Mar 3 14:14:50 UTC 2015

Hi again,

On Mar 2, 2015, at 3:56 PM, Maxim Dounin wrote:

> Hello!
> On Mon, Mar 02, 2015 at 03:32:03PM +0100, Michael Kliewe wrote:
>> Hi Maxim,
>> On Mar 2, 2015, at 3:14 PM, Maxim Dounin wrote:
>>> Hello!
>>> On Mon, Mar 02, 2015 at 01:12:44PM +0100, Michael Kliewe 
>>> wrote:
>>>> with your changes there is a problem:
>>>> nginx now just sends the header if the connection is 
>>>> encrypted.  If the connection is not encrypted, then there is 
>>>> no header sent to the auth script.
>>>> In the auth script I cannot distinguish between "user did not 
>>>> use encryption" and "nginx doesn't have the feature" (because 
>>>> of mixed nginx versions).
>>>> With the original version of the patch this was possible.
>>> Try updating all your nginx instances before using the header 
>>> for something limiting, it is expected to resolve your 
>>> problem.
>>> Either way, the only safe thing to do if "nginx doesn't have 
>>> the feature" is to assume there is no SSL if SSL matters.  And 
>>> that's what current behaviour encourages.
>> You are kind of right, but currently I'm distinguishing between 
>> "encrypted", "not-encrypted" and "unknown", because we have 
>> different versions of nginx in different setups. I cannot update 
>> all nginx versions in parallel in all setups. That's why your 
>> tip does not help me ;-/
>> I need to distinguish between "not-encrypted" and "unknown", 
>> because I want to warn all users still using not-encrypted 
>> connections. With your patch I cannot distinguish between them, 
>> and would send false warnings...
> So switch off warnings till the update is complete.  That's an 
> easy way to go.
> Alternatively, you may use the "auth_http_header" directive
> (http://nginx.org/r/auth_http_header) to distinguish between 
> various installations.

I'm sorry, I don't really want to repeat my arguments, but as I said I don't have control over all nginx servers that are used. Some will be "older", some will be newer. And I cannot force "them" to introduce the auth_http_header to just send the nginx version or capability of sending Auth-SSL header or not...

Filipe's patch is working fine since > 6 month, it's either sending 0 or 1. The 0 is an important information and should not be dropped.

Can you tell me the disadvantage of sending "off" in case the connection is unencrypted? I don't really see the problem at the moment why you don't add the else branch, you are dropping information that is needed (and that was there in the original patch)... It's just 3 lines more code and doesn't hurt anybody, but provides important information to the auth script.

Kind regards

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