Re: Proposed Statement on "HTTPS everywhere for the IETF"

S Moonesamy <> Tue, 02 June 2015 00:57 UTC

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Date: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:54:26 -0700
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Subject: Re: Proposed Statement on "HTTPS everywhere for the IETF"
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At 09:43 01-06-2015, The IESG wrote:
>The IESG are planning to agree an IESG statement on "HTTPS Everywhere
>for the IETF," please see [1] for the current text.

The rules for "HTTPS Everywhere" are:

   from "^http://(www\.)?ietf\.org/" to ""
   from "^http://(tools|datatracker)\.ietf\.org/" to "https://$"

My reading of the proposed statement is that "all IETF information 
must, by default, be made available in a privacy friendly form" 
(HTTPS [1]) and that "all links to such information (e.g. href's in 
html) should default to causing access via" HTTPS [1].  Is the first 
part of that some kind of rewrite rule on the server-side?

I did a quick test by accessing and it took about two 
seconds without the "S" and about seven seconds with the "S".  The 
extra seconds is a bit slow but it is okay if the objective is to 
have some confidentiality.  The note in the proposed statement covers 
more than the title of the proposed statement.

S. Moonesamy

1. HTTPS URIs and appropriate TLS cipher-suites