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[liberationtech] Authenticating SSL certificates via QR codes?

Natanael natanael.l at
Sun Dec 29 12:22:24 PST 2013

You'd run something like SSH or similar as a server on the device to
connect to. It then provides the security.

I2P encrypts all connections and uses hashes of public keys as
addresses, so that's what you'd put in the Qr code.

There is no option that won't require custom software or other setup
by the user.

On Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 9:17 PM, Uncle Zzzen <unclezzzen at> wrote:
> On 30 December 2013 02:28, Natanael <natanael.l at> wrote:
>> Your certainly can, and the easiest way is with SSH, and then there are
>> other options like I2P with the minimum tunnel length, and there's pagekite.
> Pagekite wouldn't help if there's no Internet connection, and anyway - I
> don't think I could buy an SSL certificate for myname.pagekite.
> I didn't understand how ssh or i2p could help, especially if you want
> non-geeks to use the service.
> It's already pretty complex as it is, but could somehow fit on a flier:
> Install the plugin [if it's your first time. BTW, this is the only part that
> requires Internet connection]
> Connect to [QR code of WiFi]
> Browse to [QR code of https url]
> Verify the SSL key with [QR code of fingerprint]
> For many users, even this may be too much. If you add SSH or I2P to the mix,
> I'm not sure how many people would be able to use those services at all.
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