Why does FreeBSD insist on https?

Jon Radel jon at radel.com
Thu Apr 2 21:16:54 UTC 2015

On 4/2/15 5:06 PM, Charles Swiger wrote:
> On Apr 2, 2015, at 1:26 PM, Dieter BSD <dieterbsd at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Why do so many FreeBSD URLs redirect from http to https?
>> What is this intended to accomplish?
> Security?  Confidentiality?  Strong(er) assurance of content integrity?
> There are an increasing # of transparent proxies which rewrite
> content, inject ads, even inject malware for HTTP which are foiled
> by switching to HTTPS + HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security).
And just imagine what fun could be had by modifying the checksums listed on


if you control the same routers all the ftp downloads of ISOs go through....

--Jon Radel
jon at radel.com

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