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posted by NCommander on Wednesday July 05 2023, @02:23AM   Printer-friendly
from the ssl-negotations-are-complex dept.

So, I know its been a bit quiet here, but we're working through getting through the last few items relating to cutting over to newer infrastructure. As such, its been working through the bug list, and there's one issue I want to get some feedback on.

Back in November when the infrastructure was upgraded to Ubuntu 22.04, a few users with older devices stopped being able to connect to SoylentNews. This confused me, since we've been using the same NGINX SSL termination setup that has been in use since at least 2016. Well, I finally found the root cause, and as it turns out, Canonical bumped up the minimum OpenSSL security level, which disabled several ciphers, and broke devices not supporting TLS 1.2 or later.

By testing the site with the SSL Labs site checker, it appears anything older than Android 4.0, or iOS 5 is broken. This mostly seems to be devices that are over a decade old at this point, and won't be able to browse the vast majority of sites on the Internet as is. We discussed this internally a bit, and I'm of the opinion that its not worth re-enabling the older ciphers to allow these devices to reconnect, especially since we're working to modernize the stack, and get it as up to date as we can get it. I also believe we had very few users who were actually affected by this, however, as the editors did get a few emails about SN breaking after the site upgrade, I wanted to poll the community, and make sure this is not a more widespread issue than initially believed.

Ultimately, this is going to be part of a broader discussion on what we will and won't support on SoylentNews going forward, and this seems as good of place as any to get the ball rolling.

~ NCommander

 
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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Mojibake Tengu on Wednesday July 05 2023, @11:50AM

    by Mojibake Tengu (8598) on Wednesday July 05 2023, @11:50AM (#1314517) Journal

    With arrival of compulsory ciphers and forced usage of the https protocol, simply declaring ciphers outdated breaks old stuff. That was technically expectable. And probably intentional by control freaks out there.

    What about possibility of SoylentNews served on http without login feature or even without anonymous posting? For some people or time to time, just reading may be enough, especially on pocket devices.
    More, for those dependent on non-free devices, an official SoylentNews Application could be created, just like the banks or corps do. That would regain full control.

    Disclaimer: I didn't make the Internets borked. You guys did. I don't even serve cookies on my own domains.

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