On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 1:09 AM, Magnus Hagander <magnus(at)hagander(dot)net> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 4:38 AM, Daniel Farina <daniel(at)heroku(dot)com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 6:43 PM, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:
>>> Daniel Farina <daniel(at)heroku(dot)com> writes:
>> If that is the case, is there a convention we can use to separate the
>> parts of the connection string (in both representations) into the
>> parts sent to the server and the part that the client needs? We
>> already abuse this a little bit because URI syntax (in general, not
>> just our rendition of it) leaves little room for extension for
>> parameters on the client side. Consider ?sslmode=require.
>> In both representations, the net effect of a typo would be that
>> instead of magically reading some properties on the client side,
>> they'd be sent to the server. How often is this going to be so wrong
>> that one cannot send a response from the server indicating to the user
>> their error? On casual inspection it doesn't seem like prohibitively
>> often, but I haven't mulled over that for very long.
> I think that's an excellent example of this being a bad idea. If you
> mis-spell sslmode=require, that should absolutely result in an error
> on the client side. Otherwise, you might end up sending your password
> (or other details that are not as sensitive, but still sensitive) over
> an unencrypted connection. If you wait for the error from the server,
> it's too late.
That is an excellent point. Is there enough time in the day to gripe
about how sslmode=require is not the default?
Well, this seems pretty obviated by the prefix-naming convention, but
it's an iron clad example of how the older idea was a bad one.
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