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Re: Checking signatures on source tarballs

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Checking signatures on source tarballs
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:39:36 +0200
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Brandon Invergo <address@hidden> skribis:

> Hi everyone,
> On Thu, 2015-10-08 at 13:44 +0200, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
>> Actually I see that GSRC already maintains per-package keyrings.
>> How is this maintained, Brandon?  That is, where do you get information
>> on which keys to put in the keyring, etc.?
> Admittedly, it's not ideal.  When we first add a package, we make a
> keyring for it based on whatever information is available to us.
> Sometimes the public key is listed in the release announcement.  Other
> times, we just have to grab the public key of whatever we see the
> package was signed with.  Obviously, that's not very secure since it
> could have been signed by an attacker.  However usually this process is
> only performed when adding a new (to GNU) package.  Then, if the
> signature-checking process ever fails on future releases, I actually
> look into it.  Sometimes, no public key is available in any of the key
> servers as far as I can tell.  In those cases, we ignore the signature.

OK.  That’s roughly what Mark suggests that we do in Guix, an
improvement over the current situation.

Thanks for your feedback!


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