[aur-general] Securing the AUR website

Ray Rashif schiv at archlinux.org
Mon Sep 5 09:18:19 EDT 2011

On 5 September 2011 20:35, Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de> wrote:
> On Mon, 5 Sep 2011 13:55:38 +0200, Cédric Girard wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 1:46 PM, Ray Rashif <schiv at archlinux.org> wrote:
>>> it slows down my inherently slow
>>> connection (think GPRS/EDGE/2G)
>> Do you have any figures to support this? I would be interested to see what
>> the impact of HTTPS on the client side is.
> Me too. We'd need some numbers to back this argument. I also wonder how
> many are really affected by having such a slow connection that this
> would actually matter. I wouldn't be surprised if this number is really
> low.

It just feels slower. I think the amount of data transferred does not
look that much bigger when you have at least a 512Kbps, but browsing
is indeed slower.

Take, for eg., GMail for Mobile on my phone has HTTPS disabled, and
when enabling it warns that "more data will be used". A 128Kbps
unstable connection eg. over the GSM network will struggle with an
SSL-encrypted website far away from the user's ISP/region due to the
inevitable added latency of that kind of network.

However, you are right, there is no empirical evidence until I log my
connection to one of the Arch Linux sites with and without SSL. I will
try and do this soon.

In the meantime, these are Google results that you might've already come across:



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