Post by Porcospino Post by Lewis Post by Porcospino
I wanted to access news.gmane.io, a mailing list-to-NNTP gateway, but it
seems to only support starttls on port 119. I'll have a better look,
Well, gmane is ... well, it's gmane. Still, it seems a bit silly to be
overly worried about using SSL to access mailing list posts that are
public and widely available.
I will be happy to use plaintext if the alternative is too much of a
hassle, especially if I'm not posting anything through it, but given how
easy it is to get a certificate nowadays and how widespread SSL is even
for resources that aren't particularly sensitive, I prefer encryption
Yep, that is generally how I feel. But then again, I never understood
the appeal of gmane at all. If I want to read a mailing list I either
subscribe to it, or I read the archives or, in some cases, I request
that the list send me the last 100 posts. Why I would use a news
gateway is a question I can't answer? Bonkers.
Post by Porcospino Post by Lewis
Any REASONABLE NNTP server will use NNTPS. I am surprised that,
considering how recently they had to move their servers, they were so
incompetent... er, clueless? Ignorant? Stupid? I'm not sure of the best
word here... to not use NNTPS.
Agreed. If they only had plaintext that would've been fine (even if it's
a bit of a lazy solution for a server set up in 2020), but the STARTTLS
quirk is just odd.
Yes, it is. Have you pointed it out to them? Setting up acme and NNTPS
is the work of ¿maybe? 10 minutes, if you are starting from scratch and
don't know anything about LetsEncrypt. And it's 10 minutes once, and
then forget it.
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