[Slackbuilds-users] md5sums [was: Flowblade]

Habs gen-bch at useyouresp.org.uk
Tue May 2 16:47:53 UTC 2017

On Tue, 2 May 2017 12:28:46 -0400
B Watson <yalhcru at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 5/2/17, General <gen-bch at useyouresp.org.uk> wrote:
> >
> > Which leads me to another [general] question:  when getting a
> > source of Github (of which I am not too familiar) , what happens in
> > terms of process that leads to the md5sum's on the
> > slackbuilds.org..... I could not see any published [by the
> > developers] any checksums etc ?  
> Whoever writes the SlackBuild downloads the file and calculates its
> md5sum. In other words, they come from the SBo maintainer, not from
> the upstream devs.
> As a user, the md5sum matching means you're using the same source as
> the SBo maintainer wrote his script for... but there's no 'chain of
> trust' beyond that.
> (About now, someone will chime in with 'But md5 is weak and has been
> exploited!', I'll leave that discussion for later...)
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Thank you for the reply.  Ahh I see.  I had it in my mind that
upstream/devs would post a [sourse] release as such with some checksum,
so that when it arrived elsewhere it could be validated (as best one
can) to not have been meddled with.


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