Linux documentation switches to HTTPS to boost security

    Date 27 Jul 2020
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    Posted By Brittany Day
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    Have you heard that links to Linux kernel documentation have been switched from HTTP to the more secure HTTPS protocol in an effort to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks against kernel developers?

     

    Several commits have been made to the Linux kernel in recent days and weeks which switch links in the kernel’s documentation from HTTP to the more secure HTTPS protocol. According to commit logs made by Alexander Klimov, the switch to HTTPS should reduce the likelihood of man-in-the-middle attacks against kernel developers.

    To ensure that links do not break when switched to the more secure protocol, tests were run to ensure pages loaded in the same manner. While it’s a welcome change which should boost the security of the whole Linux community, the move is a proactive one according to Phoronix which said that there has been no sign of any kernel developers being attacked recently via URLs.

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