GSoC 2017 - Second evaluation

The second evaluation period came quite fast after the first one, nonetheless the project advanced much further so quick recap of its current state is in order.

Since first evaluation#


MR 286

Finally with working tests after upstream fixes in aiosmtpd.

Pluggable components (plugins)#

MR 288

Rebased after the Click CLI processing branch was merged and got it to work nicely in the end. There was an issue with config processing, as plugins can now supply their own CLI commands and plugins are configured/specified in the Mailman core config, which can be supplied by a CLI option. So that created a bit of an argument processing/lazy-loading issue but looking some more at how Click works I was able to quickly resolve it. Config option is now an eager one and initializes Mailman before commands need to be listed/used.

Pluggable workflows#

MR 299

Also rebased and added tests to get diffcov to 100% and fix one of the migrations in that branch, as it was broken before.

Key management (plugin)#

Implemented email commands for managing per-address PGP keys in plugin. It uses pluggable workflows to plug into the subscription process of a PGP enabled mailing list and requests the user key, also does mailback confirmation of it. The key is then available to the list moderator during subscription moderation, and more generally to the plugin for verifying signatures and encrypting. After subscription key management is also implemented where a user can change his set key, provided he can sign a challenge provided by the plugin with the old key. Key revocation handling is also necessary, but not yet done.

Outgoing processing (plugin)#

Implemented custom Bulk and Individual delivery classes for PGP enabled lists in plugin. These deliveries optionally encrypt the mail to subscribers keys, and/or sign with the list key. The bulk one retains anonymity of subscribers as the keyids are zeroed out of the PKESK(Public Key Encrypted Symmetric Key) packets which OpenPGP implementations should handle as a wildcard keyid and try decrypting with all usable private keys. It is also almost as efficient as it can be, as it only encrypts the message with one session key per chunk and then encrypts said session key to recipients in the chunk. The signing is also configurable.

Signature hash tracking (plugin)#

Implemented store of signature hashes from successful postings to a PGP enabled list which are then (optionally) used to stop replay of the same signature by Mailman in a future posting.

PyPI package (plugin)#

mailman-pgp @ PyPI

Created the PyPI package for the PGP plugin.


I would like to be a bit further in the project at this point, however I am very optimistic about the next days and weeks. After resolving some issues and TODOs I have for the current plugin implementation and setting up the live Mailman instance with the PGP plugin, which should be up by the end of the week. I believe I can start work on the other side of the REST API, of somehow hooking PGP enabled archives/lists to Postorius and HyperKitty.