Closed Bug 1129446 Opened 5 years ago Closed 4 years ago

Enable Connection Security for news.mozilla.org

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(mozilla.org :: Discussion Forums, task)

task
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(Not tracked)

RESOLVED WONTFIX

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(Reporter: Hb, Assigned: limed)

Details

Currently any connection attempts to port 563 of news.mozilla.org aka news.mozilla.giganews.com are blocked.  Only plain text transfer is possible.

I expected a NNTPS connection.
Assignee: nobody → server-ops-webops
Component: Webdev → WebOps: Other
Product: mozilla.org → Infrastructure & Operations
QA Contact: nmaul
Whiteboard: [kanban:https://webops.kanbanize.com/ctrl_board/2/413]
This would be an issue we'd need to take up with Giganews.

All content on news.mozilla.org is public and there are no logins. So no confidential data is being transferred. If you wish to prevent an eavesdropper knowing what public information you are reading, you may wish to use Tor to connect.

Gerv
The need for a (more expensive) secure transmission of public data is only one part of this feature request. Two other factors are:

1.
Some users simply try NNTPS, fail and therefore assume that something is buggy on their side. See news://news.mozilla.org:119/ZYGdnRb_N60JyC_JnZ2dnUU7-LsAAAAA@mozilla.org

2.
The reasons leading to https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere might be relevant here too.
Assignee: server-ops-webops → gerv
Component: WebOps: Other → Discussion Forums
Product: Infrastructure & Operations → mozilla.org
QA Contact: nmaul → justdave
Whiteboard: [kanban:https://webops.kanbanize.com/ctrl_board/2/413]
Ashlee: do you have a named contact at Giganews we can email about this?

Gerv
Flags: needinfo?(achavez)
(In reply to Gervase Markham [:gerv] from comment #3)
> Ashlee: do you have a named contact at Giganews we can email about this?
> 
> Gerv

Support
isp-support@giganews.com
Phone: +1 (512) 225-5012
Flags: needinfo?(achavez)
Sorry if I was being a bit British there; what I really meant was: ashlee: could you please contact Giganews and ask them about secure NNTP support on the news.mozilla.org server?

Giganews do provide SSL options for their services, so it may just be a case of flicking a switch.

Gerv
Flags: needinfo?(achavez)
I've emailed giganews support regarding this
Flags: needinfo?(achavez)
Any response from Giganews?

Gerv
Flags: needinfo?(limed)
Yes and no, our current deal with giganews at the moment does not allow us to do it, we're still in discussion about this
Flags: needinfo?(limed)
I can't take action here; passing to limed.

Gerv
Assignee: gerv → limed
At this moment we will not be enabling NNTPS for news.mozilla.org. The way our agreement with them works does not allow us to do this at this time.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 4 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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