[Ovmsdev] Server V3 topic prefix, stability and encryption

Mark Webb-Johnson mark at webb-johnson.net
Wed Jul 4 20:30:07 HKT 2018

Yes, I'm trying to get this to a workable state.

Your changes look good. I will try to merge within the next few hours.

Regarding trusted ca cents, I don't think we need (or have space for) them all. Just the ones we use (and a way to add custom ones if necessary).

Regards, Mark

> On 4 Jul 2018, at 8:03 PM, Jakob Löw <ovms at m4gnus.de> wrote:
> Hey,
> I've seen some changes pushed to the repo regarding the v3 server. I
> did some development on that too and found it to be very unstable,
> often crashing after start (when transmitting all metrics) or when the
> NetUp was called before any interface was up. Both issues were
> connected to race conditions. I opened two pull requests to fix them
> [0], [1].
> The first one also introduces a new configuration option to set a
> custom prefix for the MQTT topic. OVMS metric names seem to use a sort
> of namespacing using dots, like m.freeram or v.e.on. Replacing dots in
> metric names by slashes in MQTT topics, makes the OVMS follow MQTT
> namespacing rules (m/freeram and v/e/on).
> One thing currently missing with the Server V3 is encryption. Mongoose
> supports SSL so enabling it would be easy, but the problem is the
> certificate management. We could allow users to load certs onto the
> module, however this is something unexperienced users wouldnt do.
> Another option is to ship the OVMS with a list of common root certs,
> like many browsers do. The certs shipped with firefox are ~500KB and
> can be easily obtained e.g. from the debian repos [2]. This could then
> also be used by the server v2 to replace the outdated RC4 encryption.
> - Jakob
> [0] https://github.com/openvehicles/Open-Vehicle-Monitoring-System-3/pu
> ll/137
> [1] https://github.com/openvehicles/mongoose/pull/1
> [2] https://packages.debian.org/stretch/ca-certificates
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