[Nut-upsdev] NUT I-D: Unencrypted communication

Greg Troxel gdt at lexort.com
Mon Jan 3 17:45:30 GMT 2022

Roger Price <roger at rogerprice.org> writes:

> On Mon, 3 Jan 2022, Manuel Wolfshant wrote:
>> On 1/3/22 14:17, Roger Price wrote:
>>> I propose adding the following sentence to section 4.2.12:
>>>  If the client does not send command STARTTLS to the Attachment Daemon
>>>  communication continues unencrypted. 
>> Sounds like a sane decision. Most [ low end ] UPSes do not know
>> anything about encryption. What we can do is to recommend
>> communication between upsd and ups-monitor to be encrypted.
> Should the Attachment Daemon upsd be able to defend itself against
> unencrypted access from misconfigured or possibly hostile clients?

That's an implementation question, really, but it seems obvious that it
should be conforming for an implementation to refuse to interact in
cleartext.  And also to choose to allow cleartext on localhost and not
with other addresses.

> Is the presence of a CERTFILE or CERTIDENT declaration in upsd.conf sufficient?

I would not expect that to belong in the RFC at all, but maybe I'm
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