However, https is more and more a thing and becoming so much the normal way of working (with browsers warning if not https even), so we are including it in the new FB2900, and the existing FB2500, FB2700, and FB6000 series as a free software upgrade.
In fact, working https, with an SSL Labs score of at least "A", is pretty much the reason for the current delay on the FB2900 launch. We have finally sorted the other issues which had added months and months to the launch of the FB2900, but as https is almost ready we are going to ensure the launch has https. It is literally a matter of days away - I have working https on my test FireBrick (SSL labs score "B") even now, thanks to hard work of my colleague Cliff.
We then follow on with ssh, and the plan is ACME support to use Let's Encrypt to make https really easy to install - point a domain/hostname at the brick's IP and bingo, it will be properly certified https. It will still have all of the access controls, but with caveats for ACME certificate renewals. The ACME Let's Encrypt certificates will help with IPsec configurations as well.
Sadly, one of the things we would have loved to do is impossible. We wanted a brick "out of the box" to work with https with no warnings. We could maybe include a cert for my.firebrick.uk or some variant to do this, but any means by which a FireBrick has a private key in the code would mean someone could get a FireBrick and JTAG or some such to extract it from the flash. It would allow that key to be extracted and misused. The only real answer will be for a FireBrick to have a unique key pair and obtain a signed certificate by ACME, or similar, and that can only happen after it has a public hostname and internet connection. So the initial set up will have to be over http or with a "security exception" to talk https. Typically this is literally a laptop connected to the FireBrick, so either is acceptable, but a shame no way to avoid that. It would be interesting to consider the ways embedded devices could solve that within an https and certificate framework one day (TTL 1 and tied to MAC address or something?).
So, FB2900 really close now... Many boxes on the shelves ready to ship... Watch this space!
P.S. I won't bore you with the days of work on the outer packaging shipping label featured in the image above. Lots of svg, barcodes, and postscript and stuff with UPCs and things. All very boring I am sure... :-)
P.P.S. We may forego the "A" rating at launch for the working on all main browsers and not add more delay.
P.P.P.S testers that can load "alpha" releases should hopefully have access to play with this in next day or so.
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