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Re: ELPA policy

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: ELPA policy
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:33:03 -0500

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  > Any malicious hacker can drop completely different code in that web
  > page, and thus get it into Gnu ELPA.

Drew said the pages were locked.
Doesn't that mean that only he has access to change them?

  > We will have replaced the security of private machines with whatever web
  > login that web page requires; that's a huge step backwards.

I think you are concerned that someone might break the security on that other
server and then install changes on it using Drew's account.

In general, someone who breaks the security on a machine used by
an Emacs contributor might be able to insert changes in Emacs
by pretending to be that contributor.  I don't think this is
fundamentally different.  But maybe the web site's security is
not quite as good.

We can make the security tighter.  Drew, are you willing to GPG-sign
your new versions?

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (gnu.org, fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (internethalloffame.org)
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