[CentOS] Apache/PHP Installation - opinions

Wed Apr 27 15:58:40 UTC 2016
Alice Wonder <alice at domblogger.net>

On 04/27/2016 08:46 AM, Valeri Galtsev wrote:
> On Wed, April 27, 2016 10:29 am, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
>> Alice Wonder wrote:
>>> On 04/27/2016 01:21 AM, Brandon Vincent wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 1:10 AM, Rob Kampen <rkampen at kampensonline.com>
>> wrote:
>>>>> Sounds good, but how many domain MX servers have set up these
>>>>> fingerprint keys - 1%, maybe 2%, so how do you code for that? I guess
>> I'm thinking
>>>>> it uses it if available. So even if you do post it on your DNS, how
>> many clients out there are using DANE on their set up? By the time it
>> becomes more than a tiny % and generally useful, it will be in CentOS 8.
>> It
>>>>> also requires certificates to be implemented more ubiquitously than at
>> present - although we do now have affordable solutions, so this one may
>> resolve
>>>>> more quickly.
>>> Security and Privacy on the Internet are both severely broken.
>>> If you read the white papers from when the Internet was first being
>> designed, security was rarely even mentioned.
>> <snip>
>> Just as a point of information, when those RFCs were written, the Internet
>> was *only* for US gov't, and selected research and educational
>> organizations, and NO ONE else. The open 'Net only came in in the nineties
>> - so security wasn't broken and insecure, back then there was physical
>> security and careful selection as to who was allowed on, at all.
> That is true, they had in mind resilience of communication net to portions
> of it brought down (implying some nasty thing like nuclear exchange). Real
> security though is not in restriction of those who can access something
> (like government only). Security experts often say: if a secret in known
> to two people it likely is not a secret anymore ;-(

Yes, but that is why we need to focus on fixing it from the ground up - 
and that means DNS needs to be secured.

DNSSEC is not perfect, but I don't think there is anything that is truly 
perfect. Even "perfect forward secrecy" is not perfect (DHE should not 
be used with DH groups < 2048bit)

But to secure the Internet, one must be able to validate DNS responses 
and that requires DNSSEC.

To secure TLS, one must be able to validate the certificate and that 
requires DANE - we know Certificate Authorities can't be trusted.

So "Enterprise" or not, system administrators need to be implementing 
both of those - and mail servers should be making use of DANE records 
when they do exist.

Even if it means bumping a software version.


Illusion of security where it doesn't exist is dangerous, so deprecated 
protocols and cipher suites should not be supported, even if that means 
some e-mail messages end up sent in the plain.

But TLS libraries and software that uses them should be updated to 
support modern cryptography, even on Enterprise distributions, to avoid 

That's my philosophy.