[Act] concern about http://act.perlconference.org/tpc-2018-glasgow/

Mark Keating m.keating at shadowcat.co.uk
Fri Jul 6 11:38:06 CEST 2018

Hi Sebastian,

You're right this is an issue. The correct people to contact are the ACT 
maintainers (ACT is the underlying system that powers the conference 
site) and they are available via the ACT mailing list:

act at mongueurs.net

I have cc'd them into this email so that they are aware of it. I am 
fairly certain that they know there is an issue but it is always good to 
open the dialogue as there may be a way for others to help.

Kind regards


On 05/07/2018 19:41, Sebastian Strajan wrote:
> Hi Mark,
> I'm contacting you because I couldn't find a contact form for the 
> http://act.perlconference.org/tpc-2018-glasgow/ website.
> I found out that you published some feeds in 
> http://act.perlconference.org/tpc-2018-glasgow/atom/en.xml and I tough 
> that you may be able to help me or at least recommend somebody else 
> for this.
> It seems that the website doesn't provide an HTTPS version.
> My concern is because the website provides a login page which sends 
> the credentials in clear text, which can be captured with ease by 
> somebody else and after that they can track everything in my account.
> Also for users that reuse passwords this is a hazard, because all 
> their/multiple accounts can be compromised because of logging on the 
> conference website from an unsecure network (almost any public WIFI 
> can be categorized as unsecure).
> Moving from HTTP to HTTPS shouldn't be that hard, and now it can be 
> done freely via https://letsencrypt.org
> If you are unfamiliar with the https://letsencrypt.org here are more 
> details:
> - can generate for free a HTTPS certificate that you can use for your 
> website(s)
> - you can use the https://certbot.eff.org to generate the certificate 
> via CLI in a Linux box (you just need a webserver that can host 
> temporarily a file - in order for letsencrypt to be able to validate 
> that you are the owner of the domain for which the certificate is 
> generated)
> - certificate is valid for 90 days (this should be enough for manual 
> generation - until the conference ends this will be valid, and after 
> that the certificate will ensure encryption for the traffic, but the 
> browser will tell you that the certificate has expired - it can be 
> renewed if it is needed with the same process)
> If you need more info or help please let me know and I'll do my best 
> in helping you.
> In case I need to contact somebody else please let me know.
> Thanks,
> Sebastian Strajan

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