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    Should deb files have built-in signatures (similar to rpm)?
    Submitted by lovelace on Thursday, November 27, 2003 – 13:22
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    Yes, existing Release signatures are not sufficient
    31% (157 votes)
     
    Yes, these would be nice even though we already have Release signatures
    23% (114 votes)
       
    Yes, but what’s a Release signature?
    25% (128 votes)
       
    No, existing Release signatures are sufficient
    10% (51 votes)
       
    No, don’t know/care
    10% (52 votes)
       

    Total votes: 502

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    Subject: Who signs the .debs?
    Author: hazelsct
    Date: Wednesday, 2003/12/31 – 19:20
    So who’s supposed to sign the .debs? If the release manager, then the checksums of the new .debs won’t match the .changes files, leaving us unable to verify the identity of the uploader. If the maintainer, then the user/admin must have the entire Debian keyring to verify new packages, or query the key server for each package installed (well, for each unique maintainer, but the counts are not that far off).

    I’d love to hear a solution which works in our distributed development paradigm…

    -Adam P.

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    Subject: left out an option
    Author: xtifr
    Date: Tuesday, 2003/12/09 – 21:28
    The missing option is: no, per-package signatures would just make things worse. As it stands, if a package is found to have been trojaned (perhaps upstream of Debian), then the trojan will be replaced, and only the valid version will be in the release signature. No more signature on the trojan. But if the deb was signed, it will stay signed no matter what, and some people may be tricked into trusting it.

    Of course, what would be nice is if the release signatures were actually checked and used by default. THAT would be a major improvement over the status quo.

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