Barbu Paul - Gheorghe <> writes:

> Since GMail is SSL capable there is no need to set sslverify to false, the
> example using it may confuse readers that it's needed since it's also used in
> the previous example configurations, too
> Signed-off-by: Barbu Paul - Gheorghe <>
> ---


While removing that item from the configuration is a good thing to
do in the post era, the reason why it is does not have much
to do with "GMail is SSL capable".

The configuration item is not about "Do we connect over SSL when
talking to this host?", but is about "When we use SSL with this
host, do we verify the certificate it gave us?".

The reason why we can run with sslverify=true against gmail is
because we know gives a validly signed certificate
that leads all the way to a root CA the user's OpenSSL installation
is likely to trust (if your hand-rolled imap-over-ssl server uses a
snakeoil certificate, even though the server may be "SSL capable",
you may not be able to successfully connect to it without sslverify
turned off).

Side note.  Before 1.8.2 and/or, git-imap-send did not
implement sslverify correctly; CVS-2013-0308 was inherited from its
origin "isync", where it _did_ verify the certificate is valid, but
did not make sure the certificate was for the host it thought it was
talking with.

Also note that and/or were the first versions that
support Server Name Identification (RFC4366). Connection with older
versions of git-imap-send over SSL to hosts like that
multi-home different SSL hosts can receive a valid certificate for
another host that sits at the same IP address, which will lead to
the sslverify check to fail.

>  Documentation/git-imap-send.txt | 1 -
>  1 file changed, 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/Documentation/git-imap-send.txt b/Documentation/git-imap-send.txt
> index 875d283..b15dffe 100644
> --- a/Documentation/git-imap-send.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/git-imap-send.txt
> @@ -123,7 +123,6 @@ to specify your account settings:
>       host = imaps://
>       user =
>       port = 993
> -     sslverify = false
>  ---------
>   You might need to instead use: folder = "[Google Mail]/Drafts" if you get 
> an error
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