[aur-general] TU Application: Baptiste Jonglez
archlinux at nicohood.de
Fri Dec 2 13:18:50 UTC 2016
>> Besides this issue, I already mentioned another drawback of using HTTPS:
>> untrusted certificates (either expired, self-signed, or just signed by an
>> untrusted CA) will cause build failure. This was a real issue for
>> OpenWRT, so they switched to using --no-check-certificate in 2010  to
>> avoid build failures. Sources are already validated with a checksum.
> Well, relying only on checksums is not good enough in my opinion. We know
> for a fact that hashing algorithms are built on top of *reasonable* chance
> that collisions won't happen. Sure, the space of a SHA256 hash is
> we must not just shrug over it. Because if we, as maintainers do, upstream
> will think they don't need to provide signed sources, because hashes are
> probably "good enough".
The signature itself is only a signed hash (sha256). So we do rely on
the collision resistance of sha256 (or whatever the GPG itself uses).
You are right, that hashes themselves are not enough to verify that the
original author provided this source. But it gives you the guarantee
that you downloaded the same source, as the maintainer(PKGBUILD writer) did.
That is what integrity is all about, that is not only a checksum! The
weakest spot though is the initial fetching of the source on which the
maintainer relies on. However with strong hashes you can at least ensure
that you (for a rebuild) download the exact same sources, as the
maintainer did. You just cannot prove who published that source itself.
Saying sha256 is not secure enough for that purpose would also say GPG
is not safe.
Correct me if I am wrong though. I'd be also nice to discuss this in the
email I recently opened and not in the TU Application. I think this is a
highly important topic, especially for those packages where we do not
have gpg and https available and you can only rely on the hash that the
maintainer gave out (AUR).
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