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[bug#41870] [PATCH 1/2] channels: Warn when pulling from a mirror.

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: [bug#41870] [PATCH 1/2] channels: Warn when pulling from a mirror.
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2020 17:20:48 +0200

* guix/channels.scm (<channel-metadata>)[url]: New field.
(read-channel-metadata): Initialize it.
(read-channel-metadata-from-source): Likewise.
(channel-instance-primary-url): New procedure.
(latest-channel-instances): Compare CHANNEL's URL against it.
* doc/guix.texi (Channels)[Primary URL]: New subsection.
 doc/guix.texi     | 22 ++++++++++++++++++++++
 guix/channels.scm | 29 +++++++++++++++++++++++++----
 2 files changed, 47 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/doc/guix.texi b/doc/guix.texi
index 81a11c6756..16ef5bf42e 100644
--- a/doc/guix.texi
+++ b/doc/guix.texi
@@ -4153,6 +4153,28 @@ add a meta-data file @file{.guix-channel} that contains:
   (directory "guix"))
 @end lisp
+@cindex primary URL, channels
+@subsection Primary URL
+Channel authors can indicate the primary URL of their channel's Git
+repository in the @file{.guix-channel} file, like so:
+  (version 0)
+  (url "";))
+@end lisp
+This allows @command{guix pull} to determine whether it is pulling code
+from a mirror of the channel; when that is the case, it warns the user
+that the mirror might be stale and displays the primary URL.  That way,
+users cannot be tricked into fetching code from a stale mirror that does
+not receive security updates.
+This feature only makes sense for authenticated repositories, such as
+the official @code{guix} channel, for which @command{guix pull} ensures
+the code it fetches is authentic.
 @cindex news, for channels
 @subsection Writing Channel News
diff --git a/guix/channels.scm b/guix/channels.scm
index 38ec68fec1..7e4d6e4c84 100644
--- a/guix/channels.scm
+++ b/guix/channels.scm
@@ -182,12 +182,13 @@ introduction, add it."
   (checkout  channel-instance-checkout))
 (define-record-type <channel-metadata>
-  (channel-metadata directory dependencies news-file keyring-reference)
+  (channel-metadata directory dependencies news-file keyring-reference url)
   (directory     channel-metadata-directory)      ;string with leading slash
   (dependencies  channel-metadata-dependencies)   ;list of <channel>
   (news-file     channel-metadata-news-file)      ;string | #f
-  (keyring-reference channel-metadata-keyring-reference)) ;string
+  (keyring-reference channel-metadata-keyring-reference) ;string
+  (url           channel-metadata-url))           ;string | #f
 (define %default-keyring-reference
   ;; Default value of the 'keyring-reference' field.
@@ -209,6 +210,7 @@ if valid metadata could not be read from PORT."
      (let ((directory    (and=> (assoc-ref properties 'directory) first))
            (dependencies (or (assoc-ref properties 'dependencies) '()))
            (news-file    (and=> (assoc-ref properties 'news-file) first))
+           (url          (and=> (assoc-ref properties 'url) first))
             (or (and=> (assoc-ref properties 'keyring-reference) first)
@@ -229,7 +231,8 @@ if valid metadata could not be read from PORT."
                     (commit (get 'commit))))))
-        keyring-reference)))
+        keyring-reference
+        url)))
     ((and ('channel ('version version) _ ...) sexp)
      (raise (condition
              (&message (message "unsupported '.guix-channel' version"))
@@ -253,7 +256,7 @@ doesn't exist."
     (lambda args
       (if (= ENOENT (system-error-errno args))
-          (channel-metadata "/" '() #f %default-keyring-reference)
+          (channel-metadata "/" '() #f %default-keyring-reference #f)
           (apply throw args)))))
 (define (channel-instance-metadata instance)
@@ -463,6 +466,11 @@ been tampered with and is trying to force a roll-back, 
preventing you from
 getting the latest updates.  If you think this is not the case, explicitly
 allow non-forward updates."))))))))))
+(define (channel-instance-primary-url instance)
+  "Return the primary URL advertised for INSTANCE, or #f if there is no such
+  (channel-metadata-url (channel-instance-metadata instance)))
 (define* (latest-channel-instances store channels
                                    (current-channels '())
@@ -518,6 +526,19 @@ depending on the policy it implements."
+                       (when authenticate?
+                         ;; CHANNEL is authenticated so we can trust the
+                         ;; primary URL advertised in its metadata and warn
+                         ;; about possibly stale mirrors.
+                         (let ((primary-url (channel-instance-primary-url
+                                             instance)))
+                           (unless (or (not primary-url)
+                                       (channel-commit channel)
+                                       (string=? primary-url (channel-url 
+                             (warning (G_ "pulled channel '~a' from a mirror \
+of ~a, which might be stale~%")
+                                      (channel-name channel)
+                                      primary-url))))
                        (let-values (((new-instances new-channels)
                                      (loop (channel-instance-dependencies 

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