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1 ==============================================================================
2 CHANGES to fetch-crl - the Certificate Revocation List retrieval tool
3 ==============================================================================
4 The fetch-crl utility will retrieve certificate revocation lists (CRLs) for
5 a set of installed trust anchors, based on crl_url files or IGTF-style info
6 files. It will install these for use with OpenSSL, NSS or third-party tools.
7
8 Changes in fetch-crl 3.0
9 ------------------------
10 * fetch-crl 3.0 is a complete re-write, and shares no code with the 1.x and
11 2.x series utility of the same name, although the function and some of
12 the syntax is obviously the same
13
14 * support for multiple output formats: OpenSSL 1 in dual-hash mode, specific
15 DER and PEM outputs, and NSS databases
16 * support for multiple CRLs for a single CA, allowing more than one CA with
17 the same subject name but different CLRs. Review your client software to see
18 if and how these CRLs are used.
19 * stateful retrieval helps reduce bandwidth usage by caching the CRLs locally
20 and respecting the Cache Control headers sent by the web server hosting the
21 CRL. This can reduce the number of downloads
22 * support for HEAD-only requests when state preservation is used (initially
23 only retrieve HTTP headers, and only if the CRL actually changed to a full
24 download)
25 * support for more CRL retrieval protocols (file:// and ftp://)
26 * ability to try site-local URLs first, before relying on the URLs shipped with
27 the trust anchor. This allows building an explicit local caching (web) server.
28 * ability to specify additional URLs to try in case the URLs shipped with the
29 trust anchor were not responsive. This allows for automatic fall-back to
30 (local or global) mirror services for CRL downloads
31 * warnings and errors can be suppressed on a per-trust anchor basis, to allow
32 silencing for particularly unstable trust anchors
33 * aging tolerance (the delay time before errors are generated in case downloads
34 consistently fail) can be configured on a per-trust anchor basis
35 * parallel downloading for multiple trust anchors
36 * minimized use of temporary files in the file system (now limited to the
37 invocation of OpenSSL only, and only for brief periods of time)
38 * dependencies on wget, lynx and other unix utilities have been removed
39 * explicit web proxy support (using LWP http proxies)
40 * completely re-written in perl, with some (hopefully minimal) dependencies:
41 LWP, Sys::Syslog, POSIX. And Data::Dumper (when debugging is enabled),
42 and IO::Select (if parallel downloads are enabled).
43
44 Differences with respect to the previous versions
45
46 * when downloading CRLs via https, the server certificate is not checked,
47 neither for the correct DNS name nor for being issued by a valid CA. Since
48 the CRL in itself is signed, this is not a security vulnerability. If
49 stricter checking is anyway desired, and the Crypt::SSLeay perl module has
50 been installed, set the HTTPS_CA_FILE environment variable before invoking
51 fetch-crl -- but keep in mind that the DNS name verification is limited
52 and will (incorrectly) reject DNS names if these are listed only in the
53 subjectAlternativeName of the server certificate
54 * Existing files with a name that matches a CRL target name are overwritten,
55 even if they did not originally contain CRL data. In v2 this was configurable
56 via the FORCE_OVERWRITE configuration setting. In version 3, files are
57 overwritten by default, and this can no longer be configured.
58 * fetch-crl3 will no longer check CA certificates for consistency or validity
59 by themselves, only retrieved CRLs are verified
60
61 Downsides of the new version
62
63 * it requires perl5 to be installed (tested with perl 5.8.0 and higher) with
64 libwww-perl, whereas version 2 only required a traditional Bourne shell
65 * requires a version of OpenSSL (0.9.5a or better) to be installed. Needs
66 OpenSSL 1.0.0 (at least beta5) for dual-hash support.
67 * when using parallel downloads, it can only run on pure-POSIX systems
68 * parallelism in combination with the NSS database output format is not tested
69 * Even when only the NSS database output format has been selected, OpenSSL is
70 still needed for verification and processing
71
72
73 ==============================================================================
74
75 The change log below applies to the 1.x and 2.x series fetch-crl and is
76 included for historical purposes only. Fetch-crl3, with which this
77 changes file is being shipped, is a complete re-write of the utility.
78 Although a lot of backwards compatibility has been preserves, there have
79 been significant changes and the information below should NOT be used
80 to infer any behaviour of fetch-crl3.
81
82 Fetch-crl 1.x and 2.x were released under the EU DataGrid License.
83
84 Changes in version EGP 2.8.5
85 ----------------------------
86 (2010.06.03)
87
88 * fetch-crl was occasionally leaving behind {hash}.r0.XXXXXX.r0 files
89 This has been fixed in this release (patch thanks to Jason Smith, BNL)
90 * man page was not compliant to Debian guidelines, this has been fixed
91 (patch thanks to Mattias Ellert, Uppsala University)
92
93 Changes in version EGP 2.8.4
94 ----------------------------
95 (2010.04.04)
96
97 * Fixes error when randomWait is not set [RH Bug 579488]
98
99 Changes in version EGP 2.8.3
100 ----------------------------
101 (2010.03.28)
102
103 * Preserve SELinux context for CRL files if SElinux status program exists
104 and selinux is enabled (RH bug 577403)
105 * Fix argument parsing on syslog facility specification (RH bug 577387)
106 * Increase granularity of the RandomWait and allow for 0 in -r option
107
108 Changes in version EGP 2.8.2
109 ----------------------------
110 (2010.03.03)
111
112 * Improved support for multiple CRL URLs by downloading until a success
113 is achieved, instead of downloading all of them
114 * Imported randomwait patch from Steve Traylen
115
116 Changes in version EGP 2.8.1
117 ----------------------------
118 (2010.01.26)
119
120 * The installed CRL file is re-checked for validity to catch file system
121 errors and local disk corruption. When possible, it will try to restore
122 a backup copy. Failures are not subject to aging tolerance.
123
124 Changes in version EGP 2.8.0
125 ----------------------------
126 (2009.09.22)
127
128 * The RPM packaging has been overhauled and is now sufficiently conformant
129 to EPEL and FedoraProject guidelines.
130 * New init scripts and a cron job entry have been added to allow management
131 of fetch-crl via the chkconfig mechanism
132
133 These changes were contributed by Steve Traylen (CERN, Geneva, CH).
134
135 Changes in version EGP 2.7.0
136 ----------------------------
137 (2009.01.25)
138
139 * Warnings and errors are now counted. If there are errors in the download
140 or verification process for one or more CRLs, the exit status will be 1;
141 if there are errors in the local setup or in the script invocation, the
142 exit status will be 2.
143 * The installed CRLs no longer have the textual representation of the CRL,
144 but only the PEM data blob, thus reducing IO and memory requirements.
145 * the CRL aging threshold is now set by default to 24 hours. The previous
146 default was 0. The CRL aging threshold is set in the config file using
147 CRL_AGING_THRESHOLD=<xx>, or with the "-a" command-line argument.
148 * Default network timeouts reduced to 10 seconds (was 30) and retries to 2
149 * Added caching and conditional downloading. When CACHEDIR is set, the
150 original downloads are preserved and wget timestamping mode enabled.
151 When the content did not change, only the timestamp on the installed
152 CRL is updated. If SLOPPYCRLHASHES is set, the has is calculated based
153 on the name of the crl_url file, otherwise it is taken from the CRL itself.
154 - The CACHEDIR must be exclusively writable by the user running fetch-crl
155 - Setting CACHEDIR significantly reduced the bandwidth used by fetch-crl
156 * Added RESETPATHMODE setting in sysconfig. It defines whether or not to
157 set re-set $PATH to "/bin:/usr/bin" before start. The search for OpenSSL
158 may be done based on the old path.
159 yes=always replace; searchopenssl=search for openssl first and then reset;
160 no=keep original path, whatever that me be (may be empty if called from cron)
161 Default="yes". This replaces the hard-coded path in the tool!
162 * Hidden "FORCE_OVERWRITE" option now has a regular name. This is backwards-
163 compatible. Set FORCE_OVERWRITE=yes if you want files overwritten that
164 have a CRL-like name and ought to have CRL content, but currently do not.
165 * Addresses gLite Savannah bugs 28418 and 29559. Bug 27023 is partially
166 addressed. Bug 20062 can be remedied with WGET_OPTS arguments.
167 Addresses OSG ticket 4673.
168
169 Changes in version EGP 2.6.6
170 ----------------------------
171 (2007.09.16)
172 (version 2.5.5 is invalid and was not publicly released)
173
174 * Added obscure configuration parameter to allow overwriting of
175 arbitrary data files with a downloaded CRL (on request of
176 CERN, see https://savannah.cern.ch/bugs/index.php?29559)
177
178 Changes in version EGP 2.6.4
179 ----------------------------
180 (2007.08.15)
181
182 * Expired CA issuer certificate now gives a warning instead of an error
183 with the full verification result message
184 * additional logfile output target can be selected via the configuration file
185 * CRL aging threshold documented in manual page. Errors will now also be
186 generated in the CRL download failed consistently and the current CRL
187 has already expired
188
189 Changes in version EGP 2.6.3
190 ----------------------------
191 (2006.11.13)
192
193 * cron job example: fetch-crl invocation syntax error corrected
194
195 Changes in version EGP 2.6.2
196 ----------------------------
197 (2006.10.27)
198
199 * fixed bug: older wget versions do not recognise --no-check-certificate
200
201 Changes in version EGP 2.6.1
202 ----------------------------
203 (2006.10.25)
204
205 * fixed local timezone vs UTC error in LastUpdate CRL validation comparison
206 * fixed time comparison is the one-hour LastUpdate/download tolerance
207 (both fixes thanks to Alain Roy)
208 * added support for directory names containing whitespace
209 * added support for syslog reporting (via -f option or SYSLOGFACILITY directive)
210 * SERVERCERTCHECK=no is now the default. It can be reset via the configuration
211 file, or using the "--check-server-certificate" commandline option
212 * the main configuration file location (formerly fixed to be
213 /etc/sysconfig/fetch-crl) can now be set via the variable $FETCH_CRL_SYSCONFIG
214 * logfile format timestamp and tag have been normalised
215
216 Changes in version EGP 2.6
217 --------------------------
218 (2006.05.20)
219
220 * if the current local CRL has a lastUpdate time in the future, and the
221 newly downloaded CRL is older that the current one, allow the installation
222 of the newly downloaded CRL and issue a warning.
223 * added non-suppressable warning in case the newly downloaded CRL has a
224 lastUpdate time in the future, but install that CRL anyway (as the local
225 clock might have been wrong).
226
227 Changes in version EGP 2.5
228 --------------------------
229 (2006.01.16)
230
231 * added additional configuration arguments and configuration variables
232 to skip the server certificate check in wget
233 (to support https:// URLs where the server is authenticated with
234 a certificate that is not part of it's own trusted domain, such as
235 the KISTI URL)
236
237 Changes in version EGP 2.4
238 --------------------------
239 (2005.11.15)
240
241 * for those platforms that support the stat(1) command, and in case the
242 .crl_url file is named after the hash of the crl subject name to download,
243 error eporting for individual download errors can be suppressed for
244 a configurable amount of time as set via the "-a" option (unit: hours).
245
246 Changes in version EGP 2.3
247 --------------------------
248 (2005.11.05)
249
250 * do not replace recent CRLs with ones that have an older lastUpdate
251 timestamp (prevents ARP/DNS DoS attacks)
252
253 Changes in version EGP 2.2
254 --------------------------
255 (2005.10.27)
256
257 * secure http download by wget recognise the CAs in the trusted directory.
258 solves the issue described in the LCG bug tracking system
259 https://savannah.cern.ch/bugs/index.php?func=detailitem&item_id=12182
260
261 Changes in version EGP 2.1
262 --------------------------
263 (2005.08.12)
264 * specifically look for the most recent version of OpenSSL. The
265 one in GLOBUS_LOCATION (which used to take precedence in the
266 previous releases) is outdated in many cases and caused
267 troubles on the LCG production systems in validating v2 CRLs
268 * added manual page fetch-crl(8)
269
270 Changes in version EGP 2.0
271 --------------------------
272 (2005.02.28)
273 * name of the installed script changed to "fetch-crl"
274 * the cronjob script is no longer installed by default, but supplied
275 as an example in the %doc directory
276 * RPM is now relocatable (default install in /usr)
277 * READMA and CHANGES file now inclued in %doc tree
278 * make install now installs
279 * version increased to 2.0
280
281 Changes in version EGP 1.9
282 --------------------------
283 (2005.02.24)
284 * the content of the final target CRL file is now checked for
285 containing a valid CRL if it already exists. If it does not
286 contain a CRL, an error is displayed and the file left untouched
287 So making the final ".r0" file in ${outdir} a link to something else
288 will not work, preventing an escalation in the final stage.
289
290 Changes in version EGP 1.8
291 --------------------------
292 (changes from Fabio's version 1.7, 2005.02.24)
293
294 * All temporary files (the initial CRL download using wget
295 and the PEM-converted version of that file) are now created using
296 mktemp
297 * the RetrieveFileByURL function will not overwrite files that
298 have any data in them
299 * Note that the script can be run by a non-priviledged user, but
300 that the output directory must be made writable by that user
301 in an out-of-band way.
302
303 EDG version 1.7
304 ---------------
305 Imported with consent of Fabio Hernandez and Steve Traylen from
306 the original EDG repository.
307 The EU DataGrid License applies, see http://www.eu-datagrid.org/

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